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
Delegation to India Promotes Women and Girls in Technology
Last week, the Department of State led a delegation of technology executives from U.S.-based companies to India to explore the challenges we face in fully engaging the potential of women in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector to meet the demands of our global economy. Headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alyssa Ayres, the delegation visited government offices, universities, local and multinational companies, and industry groups in New Delhi and Bangalore. MORE
Public and Private Investments in Women and Girls Through the Equal Futures Partnership
About the Author: Wenchi Yu serves in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
On April 18, 2013, President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim co-hosted the second Equal Futures Partnership meeting, along with the U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett, and National Economic Advisor to President Obama Gene Sperling on the margins of the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. The 13 founding members issued a report on progress made thus far, while six new country members joined the partnership with new commitments, and three more signaled intent to join at the next convening. Some of the new country… more »
Promoting Labor Rights for Women Domestic Workers
About the Author: Barbara Shailor serves as Special Representative forInternational Labor Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
This year during Women’s History Month, the United States is highlighting its continuing efforts to press for gender equality and to advance the status of women and girls. As Secretary Kerry affirmed in his editorial on March 8, the contributions of women are essential for widely-shared prosperity, sustainable development, and durable peace.
I want to take this opportunity to recognize the women who perform some of the most marginalized and at the same time, most personal, work in our global economy — domestic workers. Their contribution has long gone undervalued and unrecognized; yet, domestic workers — approximately 80 percent of… more »
Expanding the Training of Female Peacekeepers
Women Light the Way for Future Generations
About the Authors: Rachel Kastenberg serves as a Senior Advisor for the Secretary of State’s Global Partnerships Initiative, and Justin Sosne serves as a Senior Advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
Most of us in the United States don’t think twice when we turn on a light to work late into the night or cook dinner without inhaling dangerous smoke. Yet, these everyday tasks are still out of reach for the estimated 1.3 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity, and the estimated 2.7 billion people without access to clean cooking facilities — 95 percent of whom are in either sub-Saharan Africa or Asia.
During Women’s… more »
International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM: Working Together To End a Devastating Practice
About the Author: Melanne Verveer serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.
On February 6, 2013, in observance of the tenth anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, I had the privilege of leading a panel discussion at the State Department to help bring global attention to a harmful traditional practice that risks the lives, dignity, and well-being of women and girls in far too many places around the world.
I was honored to be joined by such dedicated leaders and practitioners as Amina Salum Ali, Ambassador of the African Union to the United States; Dr. Nawal Nour, a Sudanese-American from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; Bacary Tamba from Tostan, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Senegal; and Jessie Hexpoor from Hivos, an NGO based in the Netherlands. They each have made, and are continuing to make, extraordinary contributions toward putting an end to female genital mutilation/cutting… more »
Taking the Lessons of Title IX Global—On the Court and In Life
About the Author: Ann Stock serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
February 6 marks the 27th National Day of Women and Girls in Sports.
Today in Esteli, Nicaragua, girls from under-served areas are on the softball diamond, fielding grounders, running out base hits, and learning how sports can improve their health and their performance in the classroom.
In Donetsk, Ukraine, girls were on the basketball court, looking for the outlet pass, grabbing rebounds, and working as a team.
In Knoxville, Tennessee, 12 young, female basketball players from Senegal recently concluded a 10-day international exchange.… more »