Raising the Profile of Women’s Issues in Papua New Guinea

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"I am a woman, hear me roar," could have been the informal motto of the Papua New Guinea Women’s Forum — a two-day powerhouse event organized by the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby and the Papua New Guinean Ministry of Community Development. You can read more about this forum on DipNote.

Did you know that 50% of Papua New Guinea women have experienced sexual assault? How can we better support women leaders and empower rural women, particularly in an environment with cultural norms that foster gender inequality?

"The rate of women’s political participation in Fiji is among the lowest in the world, but in 2013 Roshika was among the very first candidates — male or female — to announce her intention to stand for election".

Read about the woman who’s “Be the Change” campaign inspired a new generation of Fijian youth and women to believe in democracy and the power of civic participation. 

A @StateDept #Meetup to Remember: International Women of Courage #IWOC Awards #WeAreCourage

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I never thought or expected to have this opportunity and I can truly say it has been an unforgettable experience. That moment of impact, when you’re swept off your feet with possibility and reminded that while we are women, we are human, and #WeAreCourage. Thank you to the U.S. Department of State for the opportunity to meet First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the opportunity to join in celebration for these inspiring women, honored for their work in women’s - and human - rights.

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A #Meetup to Remember: International Women of Courage

Posted by Vinay Chawla
March 5, 2014
First Lady Obama, Under Secretary Stengel, and Assistant Secretary Ryan With Participants from the IWOC Meetup

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We honored these extraordinary International Women of Courage at a ceremony yesterday at the State Department. Who is your woman of courage? Post a photo of her with your story using the hashtag #WeAreCourage and it might be highlighted on the State Department’s Instagram account on International Women’s Day! 

Want the opportunity to attend the 2014 International Women of Courage Award Ceremony? Our Meetup is your chance! You can be a part of this unique experience by applying at www.state.gov/social. 
The annual Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards honors women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights and women’s equality, often at great personal risk.

Want the opportunity to attend the 2014 International Women of Courage Award Ceremony? Our Meetup is your chance! You can be a part of this unique experience by applying at www.state.gov/social

The annual Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards honors women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights and women’s equality, often at great personal risk.

Coping with Conflict: Helping Syrians Overcome the Trauma of War

As the brutal conflict in Syria nears its third year, 9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance and growing increasingly vulnerable with each passing day. Sadly, women and children often fare the worst in war, and the crisis in Syria is no exception.

Learn more about a USAID program that provides children with healing and learning spaces that offer a safe, stable environment to learn and play as well as parent support programs on DipNote.

Nearly 1/3 of women worldwide have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence… We commit to doing our part to make the world free from brutal acts that deprive our fellow citizens of a life of equality and human dignity.
Secretary Kerry on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25, 2013
Afghan Women aren’t stopping. They’re marching forward and we all need to march with them
Secretary Kerry on Afghan Women in OpEd in Politico. 
Change a Life, Change the Future: Recommitting To End Undernutriton Through the 1,000 Days Partnership
 

One thousand days ago, the governments of the United States and Ireland came together to commit to promote nutrition for mothers and young children through the 1,000 Days partnership.   Why 1,000 days?  During the critical 1,000 days from pregnancy to age 2, better nutrition can have a lifelong impact on a child’s future and help break the cycle of poverty. MORE