Ambassadorship Positions Worldwide: Women Still Underrepresented According to Diplomacy Index

March 8,2023 : The Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) in Abu Dhabi launched its Women in Diplomacy Index for 2023 on International Women’s Day. The index tracks the percentage of women ambassadors across all 193 United Nations member states. The 2023 index showed that only 20.5% of all ambassadors are women, indicating that progress towards gender equality in diplomacy has been slow and uneven. Canada leads the way in gender equality, with 51% of its ambassadorial posts being held by women. The UAE was among the top four performers for the MENA region and has had a 5.5% increase in its appointments of women ambassadors since 2018.

AGDA hosted a virtual panel discussion on the topic of gender equality in foreign affairs and diplomacy to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 and the launch of the index. The discussion explored the need to promote and appoint more women to top diplomatic posts. The Women in Diplomacy Index 2023 is the most comprehensive to date as it includes all 193 UN member states, tracking more than 12,000 ambassadorial appointments worldwide on a yearly basis.

AGDA is a strong advocate and ally for gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s rights. In 2022, 55% of AGDA’s workforce was comprised of Emirati women, and 60% of its graduating classes since 2016 have been female. The AGDA hopes that the index can help frame vital conversations about gender inclusivity in foreign security and development policies and drive positive change in this space both within the UAE and worldwide.