Would you like to be India's British High Commissioner for a day?

Would you like to be India's British High Commissioner for a day?

  • The British High Commission has announced a ‘High Commissioner of the day’ competition for Indian women.
  • The initiative is focussed to promote girl rights and gender diversity across the country.
  • The participants can apply to the opportunity by 10 September 2019 and the winner will be announced by 20 September via social media.
  • To apply, they will have to record and send a one-minute video on why gender equality and post it across social media platforms.
On the heels of the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated on 11 October, the British High Commission has rolled out a competition for Indian women to become ‘High Commissioner for a Day’.

“I am delighted to announce the High Commissioner for a Day competition for the third year running,” said Sir Dominic Asquith, High Commissioner to India.

“Improving the lives of girls and women is one of the UK’s top priorities globally. The competition is an important opportunity to talk about our world shapers and game changers, our future leaders – our young women,” he added.

Heading a diplomatic mission

The competition is for women in the age bracket of 18-23 years, which will allow the winner to head a diplomatic mission for a day. That includes media interactions, handling the UK’s overseas network and stakeholder meetings among others.


Candidates can apply by 10 September 2019. To apply, they will have to record and send a one-minute video on why gender equality is important and describing their inspiration on the same. The video should also be shared across social media platforms — Twitter, Facebook or Instagram — and will be tagged to the official handle of British High Commission in India — @UKinIndia and hashtag #DayoftheGirl.

The initiative was first implemented in 2012. Last year, Esha Bahal of Amity University won the competition. “Acting as British High Commissioner for a day has been a great and really unique experience. I’ve learnt about the breadth and depth of UK-India relations – and had the opportunity to highlight the importance of gender equality and inclusivity, issues which are of great importance to me,” she said.

Selection process:

The British High Commissioner jury will select and announce the ‘High Commissioner of the day’ via social media by 20 September.

The participants will have to pass the copyright ownership of videos to the British High Commission, New Delhi. The videos may then be used to produce content for social media channels. Hence, the participants should also not share any personal information in the video.

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