How Foreign Ministries Promote Gender Equality Globally

This event is intended for UBC students and alumni only. Join this roundtable discussion with all-female Consul Generals around how Foreign Ministries promote gender equality globally. Come prepared with your questions!

Wednesday, November 21

Noon – 1:30 pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues – Multipurpose Room
Light refreshments offered.

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Our Speakers include:

  • Consul General Nicole Davison, British Consulate General
  • Consul General Tuti Wahyuningsih Irman, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Consul General Katherine S. Dhanani, Consulate General of The United States
  • Consul General Tong Xiaoling, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China
  • Consul General Berenice Díaz Ceballos Parada, Consulate General of Mexico

Moderated by: Jillian Stirk, a retired member of the Canadian Foreign Service
Bio: An expert in foreign policy and multilateral negotiations, Jillian Stirk is a former Ambassador to Norway and assistant deputy minister in the federal public service. Jillian has spent more than thirty years working on human rights, security, and conflict prevention in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. She has conducted negotiations through a variety of multilateral organisations including the United Nations, NATO, the OSCE, the Arctic Council, and the EU.

Consul General Biographies:

Nicole Davison took up her position as British Consul General to Vancouver in July 2016. She is the British government’s representative in British Columbia, the Yukon and the North West Territories. She is accompanied by her partner, Karen. Nicole joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1988 and has served in South Africa, Bangladesh, Ukraine and China. Most recently, she was the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia. In London, Nicole has worked in the FCO’s Western European Department and Latin America and Caribbean Department. She has also been responsible for the FCO’s parliamentary affairs and ran one of the teams in the FCO’s Global Response Centre (covering consular and political crises).

Tuti Wahyuningsih Irman is Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia. From 2014 until now, she has acted as Inspector II with the Inspectorate General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before this post, she was Minister Counsellor, Representative of Indonesia for the United Nations in New York for three years. In 2018, she co-authored “Responding to the New Challenges of Independent and Active Foreign Policy” in Medwell Journal. Consul General Irman has a Doctoral Degree in International Relations from Padjadjaran University, Bandung (2017), a Master Degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1995) and a Bachelor Degree in International Relations from the University of Indonesia (1990).

Tong Xiaoling is Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China. She was born in 1962 in Beijing. She graduated from China University of Foreign Affairs. In 2010, she acted as Ambassador of China to ASEAN. From 2014-2017, Tong Xiaoling was Deputy Commissioner of the Commissioner’s Office of MFA in HKSAR before becoming the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver.

Hosted as part of the Women in Policy series at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA).

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