Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Female Ambassadors F-I  

This is the list of the first women appointed as ambassadors in the countries which has had a female ambassador to this date. Some of the information in this list is supplied by Mart Martin.

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Fiji

1999-2006/07 Adi Samanunu Cakobau Talakuli, Malaysia, Thailand and the Social Commission for Asia and Pacific

Finland

1958-66 Tynne Leivo-Larson, Norway
Former minister and party Leader

France

1972-74 Marcelle Campara, Panama

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Gabon

1987 Jeanne Nzao-Mabika, Senegal

The Gambia

1991-?  Ruth Adjue Sowe, Benelux, European Communities (and Union), Germany and France

Georgia
 
1998-? Rusudan Lortkipanidze, Italy

1999-? Lana Gogoberidge, Ambassador to Council of Europe
Chairperson of the Majority of the Parliament 1995-99 and Head of Delegation to the Council of Europe 1996-99 (b. 1928-).

Germany

1969-ca.  73 Prof. dr.phil Ellinor von Puttkammer, Council of Europe

Ghana

1970-74 Bertha Amohoo-Neiser, Denmark

Greece

Ca.1987-92 Elizabeth Papazoi, Cuba

Grenada

1974 Florence Rapier, Non-Resident High Commissioner to Caricom Countries and Latin America

Around 1976 Marie-Jo McIntyre, United Nations, (USA) and Canada

Guatamala

1959-75 Francisca Fernandez Hall-Zuniga, Israel
1975-ca.79 Costa Rica

Guinea

1972-76 Jeanne Martin-Cisse, United Nations

Guinea-Bissau


1981-? Lucette de Andra, Cote d'Ivoire (Acting)

Guyana

1973-79 Winifred Gakin, Barbados

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Haiti

Circa 1962-76 Lucienne H. Estine, Belgium

Holy See (Vatican) (Representatives for the Government of the Catholic Church, the Holy See)

13... Emissary Saint Catherine of Siena 
She was Virgin, Mystic and Doctor of the Church, is the Church's first woman diplomat, Dominican Tertiary, born at Siena, 25 March, 1347; died at Rome, 29 April, 1380. It was she, who as an emissary for the Florentines, persuaded Pope Gregory XI to return from Avigon, France, back to Rome.  Any woman ambassador in the Catholic Church is seen as following her tradition.


1995 Prof. Mary Ann Glendon, Head of the Delegation to the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing

Honduras

Circa 1962 Albertina Bernhard de Zelarya, Colombia
1976-80 Ecuador

Hungary

1918 Rosika Schwimmer, Switzerland
(Plenipotentiary Minister)

1974-79 Anna Bebritz, The Netherlands
(The first in the Socialist Republic)

1991-95 Tádé Alföldy, Greece
1995-? United Kingdom
(The first after the fall of the Socialist Republic) In 1990-91 she was vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Iceland

1991-96 Sigriđur Aiđs Snĉuvarr, Sweden and Finland

India

1948-49 Vijaya Lakshimi Pandit, Soviet Union (USSR)
1949-51 USA
1950-51 Mexico
1954-61 United Kingdom
1958-61 Ireland and Spain
Also Delegate to and President of the General Assembly of the United Nations and Governor of an Indian State

Indonesia

1959-circa 62 Lalili Rusad, Belgium and Luxembourg
1967     Austria

Iran

1977-79 Mehrangiz Dolatshahi, Denmark
MP in 1962.

Iraq

1968-73 Sirrya Al Khoja, Ambassador in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
She joined the foreign service in 1949 and served in New York, Washington, Beirut, New Delhi, Bonn, and Bern. (b. 1914-?)

2003-05 Ambassador Rend Al-Rahim, USA
Also known as Rend Al-Rahim Franche or Rand R. Franke, she fled Iraq in 1978 and has lived in the USA since then.

Ireland

1950-55 Josephine McNeill, The Netherlands                                                              

Israel

1948-49 Golda Meir, Soviet Union (USSR)
Later minister of Labour, Foreign Minister and Prime Minister  

1966-71 Esther Herlitz, Denmark  
She was Consul to New York was 1955-1958 and Ambassador, and a former MP
 
1988-1992 Colette Avital, Portugal 
Consul General in New York, 1992-1996, present MP
1994-? Prof. Aliza Shenhar, Russia.
 
1996-200 Ora Namir, China
Minister of Labor and Social Welfare (1992-1996) & Minister of the Environment during 1992. She was also a member of Parliament. Her husband, by the way, was the Mayor of Tel Aviv many years ago.
 
Until 2001 Tova Hertzel; Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia
2001-  South Africa

Around 2002-? Tamar Golan, Angola

Around 2002-? Erela Hadar, Czech Republic

Around 2002-? Ana Hazri, Ukraine.

Around 2002-? A. Ben-Amram, Botswana.
 

Italy

Circa 1980 Jolanda Brunetti Goetz, Burma
Circa 1996-? Uzbekistan

1985 Grazuela Simbolotti, South Korea

 

Last update 20.03.16

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