Visnews filmed this month the swearing in ceremony of Indonesia's first woman ambassador, Miss Laili Rusjad, by President Soekarno at the Merdeka Presidential Palace Djakarta.
GV Group of women officials walking towards Merdeka Palace.
SV Pan Group entering Palace.
LV Ministers talking to Miss Rusjad.
CU Miss Rusjad.
SV President Soekarno reading oath to Miss Rusjad.
SCU Bible being held above head of Miss Rusjad.
SCU President continues reading.
SCU Miss Rusjad repeating the oath.
SV Women colleagues looking on.
LV Miss Rusjad addressing assembly
SV President Soekarno shakes hands with Miss Rusjad - followed by Prof. Mohammed Tamin.
SCU Miss Rusjad receiving congratulations from friends.
SV President and Miss Rusjad leave room
SV President and Miss Rusjad pose on palace steps.
GV President and Miss Rusjad amidst large group on steps.
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Background: Visnews filmed this month the swearing in ceremony of Indonesia's first woman ambassador, Miss Laili Rusjad, by President Soekarno at the Merdeka Presidential Palace Djakarta.
For the women of Indonesia, the ceremony was an historic day in their emancipation. Many of her colleagues from the Foreign Affairs Ministry - wearing the traditional sarong and kebaya according to Palace rules - were there to congratulate her. Pride went into the hair styles - a new gold pin or a tortoiseshell comb caused as much flutter in the Palace as a new hat creates in Western countries.
Miss Rusjad was wearing a batik sarong, a green kebaya and a gold shawl of rich embroidery. President Soekarno, administered the oath of office and she repeated the words while a copy of the Koran was held over her head.
From the President, the new ambassador received a tribute: "You are a pioneer in the cause of women." And from friends and colleagues; kisses and congratulations.
Miss Rusjad wanted to become a judge but when Indonesia became independent from Dutch rule in 1945, she ??? joined the Foreign Ministry and served three years in New York as deputy to Indonesia's permanent representative at the U.N. She now becomes envoy to Belgium and Luxemburg.