Malaysian women diplomats are often an unsung force but behind the scenes, their numbers are growing steadily and more are making it to the top rung as ambassadors.
Women now make up a third of officers in the ministry and 15 per cent of the top posts in over 100 Malaysian missions and consulates worldwide, she added.
Currently, woman envoys are heading missions that include The Hague, Poland, Romania, Vietnam, Senegal and Croatia.
"The number of Malaysian woman ambassadors may seem small compared to those in some countries but this has nothing to do with a lack of opportunities. The foreign service here was very much male-dominated before but the number of women have more than doubled since I first came here," said Sudha Devi.