WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a symbolic gesture of recognition for her advocacy in gender equity, the Netherlands has named a tulip after Shefali Razdan Duggal, the US Ambassador to the country. The announcement coincided with the celebration of International Women’s Day, marking a significant honor for Duggal.

The tulip, named Tulipa Shefali, originates from Maveridge International’s breeding program in St. Maarten and represents the culmination of years-long efforts to cultivate robust and vibrant tulip varieties, as stated in a press release.

Expressing her gratitude, the Indian American diplomat remarked, “It is a genuine and surreal honor to be included amongst such a remarkable group of individuals who have received this recognition. The tulip is a beautiful flower which has been cherished and loved for centuries and so positively represents the Kingdom of the Netherlands.”

Duggal emphasized the significance of the occasion, highlighting the unveiling of the ‘Shefali Tulip’ on International Women’s Day as particularly fitting. “Throughout history, women have been forced to overcome gender bias and discrimination, and we have worked hard and continue to work hard to each milestone. We do this for ourselves and for future generations of women to be seen, to be heard, to be included and to be empowered,” she remarked.

The breeding of tulips is a meticulous and time-consuming endeavor, with the origins of the Shefali tulip tracing back to 2009. One of the pivotal crosses in the breeding project involved the “Tulipa Lucky Strike,” known for its robust qualities as a cutting tulip.

Beyond her diplomatic role, Duggal is recognized as an advocate for inclusive women’s rights and holds the title of an “International Gender Champion,” further underscoring her commitment to advancing gender equality.