The whole embassy together with Bhawan
Bhawan met all the staff at the embassy during her day.

18-year-old Bhawna co-chair as Ambassador for International Day of the Girl

11th of October marks the International Day of the Girl – a day where voices of girls and young women is given center stage to highlight the many hindrances still faced in society. In collaboration with the organization Plan India, the Embassy invited 18-years old Bhawna to co-chair as the Norwegian Ambassador to India of the day.

Being a young girls-activist, Bhawna has particularly distinguished herself in her efforts to create more openness around harmful preconceptions regarding menstruation.

“We are so happy to show you how we work, to show that there should be no limits to girls, as there are no limits for boys”, Ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund said as he welcomed Bhawna to take over his chair in the ambassador’s office.

With this year’s theme being “GirlsRiseHigh”, the aim was to inspire girls to ascend to leader positions – a crucial encouragement for women to take part in shaping our world.

Bhawna was thus actively included in the embassy’s schedule.

Among other affairs, she held inspirational opening remarks for a meeting with the Joint Working Group on Higher Education, acknowledged Norway’s efforts to tackle marine pollution during a lunch with the embassies of Denmark and Finland, and explained to colleagues at an all-staff meeting about the steps she took against derogative and hurtful comments young girls face, just for menstruating.

The Embassy thanks Bhawna for her inspirational contributions on this day. With women’s rights being high on the agenda of the Embassy, it will continue to work to ensure sexual and reproductive health rights and prevent harmful practices and violence against women.