According to sources in the local media, ouzia Younis, a British diplomat of Pakistani heritage, has been chosen as the first Muslim woman to lead a UK diplomatic mission.
She formerly served as the communications director at the British High Commission in Islamabad before being appointed British Consul General to Toronto, Canada.
Younis has extensive experience building international partnerships in the Middle East and South Asia as well as leading, mentoring, and growing multicultural and diverse teams.
She oversaw a global network of more than 250 employees as co-chair of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Network (BAME) until March 2020.
Younis expressed her thanks on Twitter, thanking her late mother who supported her ambition to pursue more education and would walk with her home through the night. She also thanked her late father who would drop her off at the coach station at 4 a.m. for job interviews
Job News: Privileged to be appointed as His Majesty's British Consul General to Toronto
Special moment as we think it's the 1st time (but don't have data) that a British Muslim woman has been appointed as Head of a Diplomatic Post.
I won't be the last
— Fouzia Younis (@YounisFouzia) March 24, 2023
Younis thanked her mother for encouraging girls to pursue higher education and counselled young women not to be limited by others. Fouzia’s mother inspired her to overcome obstacles and achieve new heights by raising four successful children.