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High Commissioner of India to South Africa & Lesotho – Ruchira Kamboj

This week we talk to the High Commissioner of India to South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho – Ms Ruchira Kamboj. We discuss some of the work underway to grow inter-country relations in political, economic, trade, defence and cultural spheres, for example, the ‘Indian Technical and Economic Co-operation’ program, which aims to enhance skills in Africa. We highlight some of India’s endeavours to actively empower women, such as public programs like ‘Educate the girl child, save the girl child’; attending to inadequate sanitary infrastructure in rural areas to provide more toilets, which has dramatically reduced school dropout rates amongst teenage girls; to the all women crew circumnavigating the globe in the naval sailing vessel Tarini. We emphasise the symbolism of female achievers who have proven that boundaries can be pushed in any industry and in doing so serve as valuable role models. We note that effecting equality is neither linear nor time bound, but requires persistence, influence and continued action amongst both men and women. Tune in for more…

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