Posts tagged ‘Melanne Verveer’

U.S. Department of State Hosts Forum Nov. 16: “Investing in Women To Maximize Returns”

Press types, you can sign up to attend this event.   I’m looking forward to hearing about Ambassador Verveer’s talk, “Corporate Citizenship: Women–The Optimal Investment”!

“The Department of State will host the Investing in Women To Maximize Returns forum at the Department’s George C. Marshall Center on November 16. Over 100 private sector executives, senior government officials, and nonprofit organization representatives, will meet to discuss strategic investments in women’s economic potential that the private sector is making to drive smart business growth. Participants will share best practices that go beyond corporate social responsibility programs and view investments in women and girls as critical business decisions. The forum will also identify new opportunities for advancing the status of women and girls through innovative public and private sector economic initiatives and programs.”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/11/200559.htm

November 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

Helping Women Helps the World Weekly is Here! Featuring @CatalystInc @USNC_UNWomen @mverveer @ThinkProgress @AmazingWomen #hwhtw #women

HWHTW is now available in an easy-to-read weekly newspaper format!    The HWHTW Weekly includes our blog posts, plus bonus content from women’s empowerment thinkers across the Web.  This week’s edition features stories on women in business, the Violence Against Women Act, and why women matter in foreign policy.  Check it out here: http://paper.li/HWHTW/1333031756?utm_source=subscription&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=paper_sub

 

April 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

“Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue” @mverveer #hwhtw

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer has penned a brilliant and compelling piece on women for Foreign Policy.  A must-read!

Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue

The most pressing global problems simply won’t be solved without the participation of women. Seriously, guys.

On a trip to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, not long after my appointment as the U.S. State Department’s ambassador at large for global women’s issues, I stopped for dinner with a group of Afghan women activists in Kabul. One woman opened our conversation with a plea: “Please don’t see us as victims, but look to us as the leaders we are.”

Those words have stuck with me as President Barack Obama’s administration has endeavored to put women at the heart of its foreign policy. For generations, the United States too often viewed the world’s women as victims of poverty and illiteracy, of violence and seemingly unbreakable cultural traditions — essentially, as beneficiaries of aid. Women’s issues existed on the margins, segregated from the more “strategic” issues of war, peace, and economic stability. Now, in a time of transformative change — from the rise of new economic powers to a growing chorus of voices against repressive regimes in the Arab world — promoting the status of women is not just a moral imperative but a strategic one; it’s essential to economic prosperity and to global peace and security. It is, in other words, a strategy for a smarter foreign policy.

Read the full article: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_women_are_a_foreign_policy_issue

April 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm 2 comments

HWHTW Exclusive: Lunch with Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer @mverveer @SAISHopkins

Last Friday, SAIS hosted Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer to launch its “Championing Women Globally” lecture series (a project of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, in partnership with the Embassy of Liechtenstein and its Ambassador, Her Excellency, Claudia Fritsche).  Afterward, I joined Ambassador Verveer (in red in the photo) and a glittering group of gender equality experts and advocates (including, from left, Ambassador Fritsche, Senior Fellow Susan Ness of CTR, and Irene Natividad of the Global Summit of Women) for a fascinating lunch.

What was on the minds of these “power women”?  How to get women onto America’s corporate boards.  The group bemoaned the low representation of women on corporate boards  and brainstormed ideas on how to get more women into these key leadership positions in U.S. private enterprise.

On the bright side, Ambassador Fritsche and CTR Managing Director Andras Simonyi underscored the value of having 3 outstanding women leaders as U.S. Secretary of State.  “You think you know [how big an impact it made],” Simonyi said, “But you don’t really know.”

To learn more about the “Championing Women Globally” series: http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/events/index.htm

April 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW Melanne Verveer: “Progress for women and progress for democracy go hand in hand”

Ambassador Verveer’s speech at the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference has been posted online.  Some highlights:

“Progress for women and progress for democracy go hand in hand.”

“Democracy without women is a contradiction in terms.”

Quoting an article in Foreign Policy: “The economic history of the last 50 years has been the entrance of the female half of the population into the workplace. Women started working out of necessity; they stayed when jobs became careers. They were hired in a hunt for diversity and kept because of their talent. The result has been a world-changing revolution. Today, women are not just good for the bottom line: they’re fundamental to bringing nations out of poverty and they just might be the future of work.”

Read the full speech: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/167142.htm

July 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “Business Development for Democracy”

In Isobel Coleman’s blog for CFR, Gayle Lemmon offers her highlights of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference.  She says:

“The progress women entrepreneurs have made is real and, as Verveer noted, we are ‘witnessing a dramatic change in the role women are playing in the global economy.’ Yet along with all the ‘access’ challenges mentioned above, which also confront men, women face challenges that are unique…”

Read the full article: http://blogs.cfr.org/coleman/2011/06/30/business-development-for-democracy/

July 1, 2011 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference

Coming soon to HWHTW: live coverage of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, June 20-21.  The conference will feature speakers such as Melanne Verveer, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and Diana Villiers Negroponte on topics including “The Role of Women in Democratic Reform” and “Women and Rebuilding Conflict Areas.” Check back often June 20-21 for updates!

To seethe agenda or register to attend the conference: http://www.democracythatdelivers.com/node/23

June 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

Ambassador Verveer: “How can we help our Egyptian sisters now?”

This week, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer visited Egypt to meet and talk with Egyptian women:

“I have been here for the last several days to listen, to really understand how things are moving forward and hopefully to be able to use my voice to echo what the women here have been telling me. I have had the privilege over the last several days to meet with civil society leaders, to meet with many of those active participants on Tahrir Square, both the young and those who’ve been pioneers for women’s progress, often struggling very hard to achieve some of the laws that have been achieved. I have met with dynamic women who are running small and medium-sized businesses, because it’s clear women have to be a part of economic solutions; they have to be participants in the economic growth of this country. What is going to be done to ensure that they can overcome barriers so that their potential to grow GDP can be unleashed?”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/161458.htm

April 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Ambassador Verveer: Women’s Equality = Economic Power

In a speech at the Sea Service Leadership Association’s 24th Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer addressed the conference’s theme: “connect, empower, succeed”.  Although she noted that the struggle for gender equality is not over, she noted encouraging evidence in favor of empowering women.

“The World Economic Forum’s annual gender gap report found that in those countries where the gender gap is closer to being closed — where men and women are closer to parity in educational attainment, health outcomes, economic opportunity and political empowerment — these countries are more prosperous and economically competitive.”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/159230.htm

April 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton’s War for Women’s Rights

“Welcome to Hillary’s war: In this week’s Newsweek, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon digs into the secretary of state’s fight to bring attention to the plight of women and girls across the world, championing opportunity and equality for women wherever she goes.

“Newsweek traveled to the Middle East with Clinton in January. Her timing—just as a wave of uprisings was gathering steam—was uncanny. In a raucous town-hall meeting in Yemen, Clinton addressed how young girls can contribute to a society desperate for change. Later, at a stop in Papua New Guinea, she surprised her own entourage when she pushed the nation’s prime minister to take domestic abuse seriously—and said she’d be dispatching her deputy for women’s affairs, Melanne Verveer, to check up on his progress.

“I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” Clinton tells Newsweek.”

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-06/hillary-clintons-mission-to-help-women-and-girls-worldwide-1/#

March 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm 1 comment

Best of International Women’s Day!

International Women's Day

The 100th annual International Women’s Day on March 8th brought lots of exciting events, news, and announcements for women.  Some highlights:

A HuffPost article on women and microfinance from Kiva President Premal Shah: “Kiva.org and the Ripple Effects of Helping Women”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/premal-shah/kivaorg-and-the-ripple-ef_b_833127.html?utm_source=jg&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=jg%5FCelebrating+Women+on+the+new+Kiva%2Eorg+%28259488506%29&utm_content=allisonasplin%40hotmail%2Ecom

New UN Women Quiz on Ending Violence against Women: “Every point you score counts towards [UNiTE’s] global action counter and builds momentum. The quiz will also be available in French and Spanish soon!” http://www.saynotoviolence.org/quiz

International Women of Courage Awards: The U.S. State Department honored 10 “women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk.”  http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/157899.htm

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet Commemorates International Women’s Day in Liberia: Executive Director Bachelet “engaged with women demonstrating leadership in rebuilding the country from the conflict that dominated its recent history” http://www.unwomen.org/2011/03/un-women-executive-director-michelle-bachelet-commemorates-international-womens-day-in-liberia/

Read more about International Women’s Day: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

March 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

“Invest for the Future: Women Driving Economic Growth”

Today, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne S. Verveer arrives in Istanbul, Turkey to launch the “Invest for the Future: Women Driving Economic Growth” conference.  “Taking place from January 24-26, the conference is focused on promoting women entrepreneurs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, and Turkey through the development of a workshop, mentoring and exchange program.”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/01/155116.htm

January 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

“Why hasn’t the United States ratified CEDAW?”

Last week, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  She said:

“In my travels, the number-one question I am asked time and time again is, ‘Why hasn’t the United States ratified CEDAW?'”

Good question!  Why not?

“The Women’s Treaty was adopted by the United Nations nearly 31 years ago and is the first treaty to comprehensively address women’s rights and fundamental freedoms. The treaty builds on several previous international human rights instruments, including the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). It obliges parties to end discrimination against women and addresses areas that are crucial to women’s equality, from citizenship rights and political participation to inheritance and property rights to freedom from domestic violence and sex trafficking. It is consistent with the approach that we have already taken on these issues domestically. To date, 186 out of 192 UN member states are party to the treaty.  Around the world, women are using the Women’s Treaty as an instrument for progress and empowerment. There are countless stories of women who have used their countries’ commitments to the treaty to bring constitutions, laws, and policies in line with the principle of nondiscrimination against women. Over the course of my travels, I have seen firsthand its incredible influence in helping women change their societies.”

So come on, Congress, get on with it!

Read more: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2010/151153.htm

November 24, 2010 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

The untapped potential of women in Asia: $40 billion

Last week U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer gave the keynote speech at the Annual Summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women.  Among other amazing facts, Ambassador Verveer cited a massive amount of pent-up prosperity embodied in Asian women:

“Let me give you a macro-example of what the economic empowerment of women could mean, as if you didn’t know: it is calculated that the Asia-Pacific region is shortchanged in excess of $40 billion a year in GDP because of the untapped potential of women.”

Two more striking quotes from the speech:

“As World Bank president Robert Zoellick says, and I quote him endlessly all over the world, ‘Gender Equality Means Smart Economics.'”

“An article in the Economist noted the following: ‘Forget China, forget India, forget the Internet, it’s women who drive GDP.'”

To read the full text of the speech: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2010/150137.htm

More on the Global Banking Alliance for Women: http://www.gbaforwomen.org/

October 31, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Ambassador Verveer: “Women are not just victims”

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer recently spoke at the Vital Voices of Asia Women’s Summit in Chennai, India.  She highlighted some notable successes for women’s rights in the region, while also noting that  “despite a solid record of progress, our work is by no means over”.  Sec. Verveer also emphasized the importance of finding environmentally sustainable solutions to empowering women economically and politically:

“All around the world, women are blazing new trails and triumphing over long entrenched obstacles in the pursuit of creating a better world… [W]omen are not just victims; they are critical actors in addressing this challenge. We are working to increase their access to a range of adaptation and mitigation strategies. Better farming practices and technologies like clean cook stoves and solar lanterns not only address environmental degradation, but also provide economic opportunities.”

Read more:

http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2010/148457.htm

September 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm 1 comment

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer Travels to India and China

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will travel to India from September 11-15 and China September 16-18, 2010.  Ambassador Verveer will meet with various self-help groups, businesswomen and NGOs working on human rights and women’s empowerment issues, as well as continue her work on the advancement of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue on Women’s Empowerment and follow up on the last US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue on women and development.

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/09/146983.htm

September 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm 1 comment


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