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Due to the great interest, the deadline for applications for the National Competition ‘Women and Diplomacy — Ambassador for a Day’ is extended until 10 December

04 December 2023 News

Due to the great interest in participating in the National Competition ‘Women and Diplomacy — Ambassador for a Day’, the deadline for submitting applications is extended to 10 December 2023.

The national competition was announced on 28 November this year by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mariya Gabriel as a joint initiative with women diplomats in Bulgaria. The national competition is open to girls and young women aged between 14 and 25 with an interest in diplomacy. Participants are invited to submit an essay on the ‘I am a diplomat’ topic in Bulgarian and a summary of the essay in English or, if desired and possible, in French, German, Spanish, as well as Arabic, Italian, Mongolian, Romanian, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Finnish or Montenegrin.

The most convincing and impactful essays will be awarded by a jury composed of:  Prof. Dr. Ingrid Shikova, Department of European Studies, Sofia University; Mr. Kiril Valchev, Director General of BTA and Mr. Petar Kraychev, Director General for Bilateral Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The winners in the young women's group from 18 to 25 years will have the opportunity to share a day with a female diplomat at her country's representation in Sofia, while those in the girls' group from 14 to 17 years will participate in a study visit to the National Assembly, the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The essay in Bulgarian should be up to 2 standard pages or 800 words. The summary — up to half a page or 250 words.

Essays and summaries shall be submitted until 10 December at: [email protected]. They should be accompanied by the name of the participant and details of the age category of the girls or young women.

The award ceremony will take place on 15 December 2023 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



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