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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?”

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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.”

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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.”

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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: “ and the Ripple Effects of Helping Women”

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!”

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.”

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”

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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.”

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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!

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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.'”

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

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