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Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sison’s Travel to Ghana

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Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Michele Sison will travel to Accra, Ghana December 3-7 for the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial.  The Assistant Secretary will accompany Head of Delegation U.S. Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and other U.S. officials.

Assistant Secretary Sison will attend a U.S.-hosted side event on Improving Environmental Management in Peacekeeping Operations and Sweden’s side event on Women, Peace, and Security.  She will hold meetings with counterparts and senior UN officials to reinforce the U.S. commitment to UN peacekeeping as well as meet the UN Country Team in Ghana.  The 2023 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial will focus on the protection of civilians, peacekeeper safety and security, and women in peacekeeping.

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Observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The Secretary of State

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United States commits  to marshaling our full range of policy and diplomatic resources to preventing and responding to gender-based violence around the world.

To continue making progress toward the global eradication of gender-based violence, the United States is pairing the updated 2022 U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-BasedViolence Globally with concrete, survivor-centered actions, utilizing the $250 million in foreign assistance Congress appropriated in Fiscal Year 2023 for efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. Furthermore, the Department recently awarded a new $3 million program to prevent, mitigate, and respond to technology-facilitated gender-based violence  in South and Central Asia.

The prevalence of gender-based violence is alarmingly high, leaving no country, society, or socioeconomic group unscathed. Working with our partners, the United States will continue to work for a future free from gender-based violence.

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Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Rao Gupta Travels to Iceland
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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta will travel to Reykjavik, Iceland from November 13 to 15.  On November 14, Ambassador-at-Large Rao Gupta will speak at the Reykjavik Global Forum-Women Leaders, a conference co-hosted by the Government of Iceland and the Parliament of Iceland, in partnership with Women Political Leaders, a global network of women politicians.  At this Forum, Ambassador Rao Gupta will engage with women leaders from diverse sectors to exchange best practices on the advancement of gender equality and women’s meaningful political participation and leadership.  While in Reykjavik, the Ambassador will also meet with ambassadors and counterparts from various countries.

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the Launch of the 2023 U.S. Strategy and National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS)

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta, Ambassador-at-Large Office of Global Women’s Issues

Washington, D.C.

Benjamin Franklin Room

AMBASSADOR RAO GUPTA:  Good afternoon, and welcome to the Department of State.  My name is Geeta Rao Gupta and I serve as ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues here in the State Department.  It is my honor and privilege to kick off today’s event for the release of the Biden administration’s 2023 U.S. Strategy and National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.

I would like to offer a warm welcome to our extended WPS family gathered in the room today.  Our colleagues in the diplomatic corps, members of Congress, civil society leaders, U.S. Government interagency colleagues – you are all critical to the advancement of the global WPS agenda, and I’m so pleased that you were able to join us today.

Last week, during the annual WPS open debate at the UN Security Council, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to implementing women, peace, and security as a priority of U.S. foreign policy.  As the world grapples with the highest rate of conflict since World War II, ensuring women’s full, equal, and meaningful participation in all peace and security processes, especially in peace negotiations, is more critical than ever.

As our global community searches for ways to resolve the conflicts raging around us – Israel and Palestine, Ukraine, Sudan, Armenia, Afghanistan, DRC, just to name a few – each of which continues to disproportionately impact women and girls, I truly believe that the WPS agenda offers us a glimmer of hope.  The agenda has tremendous power and potential to drive us towards sustainable peace for all. 

Women’s participation before, during, and after conflict is critical to achieving lasting peace.  The facts speak for themselves.  Studies show that a peace agreement is 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years if women are involved.  And I want to be clear:  This is not because women are inherently peaceful or better at building peace than men, though maybe sometimes they are.  (Laughter.)  It is because we need diverse voices and perspectives in order to effectively address the root causes of violence and conflict.  Women and girls, the LGBTQI+ community, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, and other underrepresented groups that have historically been disenfranchised and oppressed have unique experiences and critical perspectives that are often ignored by those at the top of the patriarchal and power-holding ladder. 

And frankly speaking, although we have built the necessary capacities and have more countries with WPS national action plans today than ever before, our previous U.S. women, peace, and security strategies have not realized their full potential.  We have not yet succeeded in making women’s protection during conflicts and their meaningful participation in securing peace the norm.  It is still the exception.  There is much that remains, therefore, to be done.  And the updated 2023 Strategy and National Action Plan on WPS gives us the opportunity to get things right, building on our past dedicated efforts to support civil society and government leaders on WPS initiatives. 

With its deliberate participatory, locally driven, and evidence-informed approach, the 2023 strategy offers us a chance to fully realize the promise of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the potential of the WPS agenda.  The development of this strategy has been truly a labor of love, and on behalf of the U.S. interagency partners who have tirelessly worked to implement WPS every day, we are excited to finally be able to share our new 2023 strategy and national action plan with you.

We cannot achieve the strategy’s objectives alone.  A diverse coalition of champions must be mobilized to support its implementation.  This includes national and local governments, parliaments, civil society leaders, international and multilateral organizations, the private sector, religious actors, and, of course, male allies and champions.  We are very excited about our program today.  I hope you will enjoy hearing the diversity of views and various perspectives that went into creating – into the creation of the 2023 strategy.

It is now my honor to welcome to the podium Director Jen Klein, assistant to the President and director of the Gender Policy Council.  Jen has provided indispensable leadership on the WPS agenda during both her time at the global agenda policy council and during an entire career working on domestic and global agenda policy issues, including here at the State Department.  Jen has represented the White House at all of our gender-focused strategy launch events at the department over the past year, and boy, have we been busy.  (Laughter.)  She joined us at the updated Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally in 2022, the first-ever U.S. Strategy for Global Women’s Economic Security earlier this year, and now it is my pleasure to welcome you, Director Klein, to the podium to speak about our updated Strategy and National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.  (Applause.)

MS KLEIN:  Thank you, Ambassador Rao Gupta, for that very warm introduction – I didn’t know that I had been at every single one; but of course, as I said to you back there, I do whatever you tell me to do – (laughter) – so that’s proof – and for your partnership.

I want to begin also by thanking Secretary Blinken for your leadership and for making the time to be with us today.  Your presence here is testament to your commitment not only to addressing the impact of war and crisis on women, but also to recognizing the pivotal role they play in efforts to resolve conflict and achieve sustainable peace and security.  Thank you.

And I’m grateful to be here with so many of you who have long worked to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls in the United States and around the world.  We know that the status of women and the stability of nations are inextricably linked, and that wherever the rights of women and girls are under threat, so too is democracy, peace, and stability. From Iran, where women are courageously demanding respect for their human rights and fundamental freedoms in the face of oppression; to Ukraine, where we are once again seeing rape being used as a weapon of war in brutal – in Russia’s brutal and unjust war; to Afghanistan, where the Taliban persists in barring women and girls from attending school and fully participating in society. 

But we also know that when women’s human rights are protected, and women of all kinds have the opportunity to participate and lead, societies are more secure and peace is longer-lasting.  To quote my other favorite secretary of state, Secretary Clinton – (laughter) – “Women’s full participation is both a moral and a strategic imperative for U.S. foreign policy and national security.”

I want to take a moment to just highlight a few key actions that the Biden-Harris administration has already taken.  We’ve made significant progress in addressing conflict-related sexual violence.  In November 2022, President Biden signed a presidential memorandum directing the U.S. Government to use all existing tools to promote accountability for perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence globally, including sanctions, visa eligibility, and security assistance.  And in June 2023, we imposed sanctions for the first time against perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence in furtherance of this presidential memorandum.

We’ve also taken important steps to strengthen women’s meaningful participation in national security, defense, and political leadership.  Just yesterday, the President signed an executive order taking a number of actions on artificial intelligence.  That executive order takes on deepfakes and builds on the administration’s work to address technology-facilitated gender-based violence, which, as we all know, disproportionately impacts women and LGBTQI+ political and public figures, leaders, journalists, and activists, and can deter them from participation.

Second, the President and Vice President have made huge strides to eliminate obstacles to women’s military service and promote their safety, including by advancing historic military justice reform and expanding support for military survivors of gender-based violence through the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military.  And under the Biden-Harris administration, women commanders have risen to unprecedented levels, including the nomination of Admiral Lisa Franchetti, who will be the first woman to serve as the chief of naval operations and on the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Admiral Linda Fagan, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard’s first woman to hold the rank of four-star admiral and the first woman service chief of any U.S. military service. 

Third, we’ve grown our support for women’s meaningful participation in conflict prevention and resolution through the Women, Peace, and Security Incentive Fund, which invests in women’s leadership and empowerment to help break cycles of conflict and crisis, counter violent extremism, and build peace and stability.  Since 2017 with support from USAID, that fund has provided more than $70 million in economic and development assistance for women in 17 countries.

Today on the 23rd anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the landmark resolution affirming the importance of women’s participation in peace and security efforts, we’re taking another important step to advance this strategic imperative through the release of the 2023 Women, Peace, and Security Strategy and National Action Plan.  With valued partnerships – our valued partnerships with civil society, with women leaders, with other governments, with multilateral partners, and with all of you here today, that is what will make this strategy a reality.

And of course, the leadership and commitment of my good friend and our exceptional Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you, everyone.  Good afternoon.  Welcome to the State Department.  Welcome to the Ben Franklin Room. 

We’ve now had several occasions to share a podium but also to share a commitment to women, peace, and security, and this day is an important day because it carries those efforts forward.  But I really have to start by saying, first of all, yes, to my friend of so many years, Jen Klein, thank you for your exceptional leadership as our director at the White House Gender Policy Council.  I’m so grateful to you for the collaboration that we have.  And, of course, to our remarkable Ambassador-at-Large Geeta Rao Gupta, I knew you were going to hit the ground running, but it turned out to be a full sprint.  (Laughter.)  And we’re so grateful for that and for everything that you’re doing every day.  And all of our partners who are here throughout the United States Government and throughout civil society, you’re all doing vital work to empower women and girls and to improve their communities and societies in the process.

Since day one, this administration has been working toward equality for women and girls in all of their diversity.  Making sure that women across the globe are meaningfully included in efforts to build peace and maintain security is a critical part of that.  And as we’ve heard, it was 23 years ago today that the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325, recognizing the critical role that women can play in forging peace and security and in preventing and resolving conflict and crises.

Today, women’s equity, participation, and leadership are no less crucial for international peace and security.  In fact, I would argue they’re even more crucial.  When women’s rights are respected, we know societies are safer.  They’re more stable.  They’re more prosperous.  Peacekeeping and security forces that include women can better build trust with the communities that they’re protecting.  And the research shows this clearly:  When women participate in negotiating peace agreements, those deals are 35 percent more likely to endure.  So I really do have to say I think women may just be better at this.  (Laughter.)

With President Biden’s leadership, we’ve invested in concrete efforts around the world to make real the commitment in Resolution 1325.  Over the last year, the State Department has increased our own budget to provide more than $120 million to these initiatives.  We’re supporting civil society and government leaders as they collaborate on women, peace, and security initiatives in countries from Kosovo to Colombia to Indonesia.

In Southeast Asia, we’re helping improve access to justice for women environmental defenders who’ve received violent threats because of the work that they’re doing.  We’ve provided robust support to assist survivors of conflict-related sexual violence perpetrated in Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine.  And as always, we’re honored by the presence of Ukraine’s remarkable ambassador to the United States.  Oksana, it’s great to have you here today.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

All of this work has been guided by the 2019 U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security.  And today, as you’ve heard, we’re releasing an updated strategy that will drive our work forward for years to come.  We developed this framework together with our colleagues at the White House, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, at the U.S. Agency for International Development.  And their leaders are here with us today, reflecting that this is an all-of-government effort, it’s an all-of-government commitment.

The roadmap that we have also draws on quite literally decades of research and extensive input from more than 300 civil society experts from the United States but also from around the world, including a number of you who are here today.  And I thank you, thank you, thank you for the incredible effort and for the incredible input.

At a time, as we all know, of ongoing conflicts, from Europe to the Levant to the Sahel, the heart of the Middle East, this strategy reaffirms the importance of increasing women’s meaningful participation in future peace processes and negotiations to effectively reduce violence, to effectively rebuild societies.  Let me just quickly mention the five lines of effort that are at the heart of this strategy.

First, we will boost women’s leadership and participation in peace and security initiatives within the U.S. Government and also across the globe.

Second, we’ll defend and promote the human rights of women and girls and help prevent and address gender-based violence during conflicts and during other crises.

Third, we will do more to incorporate women’s views and voices as we provide relief after conflicts and after natural disasters, and we’ll make sure that our humanitarian assistance initiatives are more equitable and also more accessible.

Fourth, we will make U.S. foreign affairs and national security policies more inclusive by further integrating the perspective of women and girls into the decision-making process.  We’ll also increase gender equality in our diplomacy, in our defense, and in our development workforces, something that we’ve been working on from day one of this administration.

Finally, we will deepen our collaboration with partners around the world, not just in government but also in academia and civil society, in multilateral organizations, the private sector, to strengthen gender equality in matters of peace and security.

And it’s important that we’ll pursue all of these goals by elevating local leaders, by combating historic and systemic inequities, by addressing the unique and overlapping forms of discrimination that are faced by women of color, women with disabilities, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and other underserved and under-represented groups.

As we work to actually implement the strategy – because a strategy is only as good as its implementation – what we’re really counting on is this:  We’re counting on virtually everyone in this room to continue your essential work.  All of this has to go and flow together.  And our hope is that you will continue to partner with us, indeed, to deepen and strengthen these partnerships.  It simply doesn’t happen without all of us being in this together.

President Biden put it this way earlier this year:  History tells us again and again when women are safe and free to – and treated like equal human beings, the whole world is better off.  It’s as simple and as powerful as that.  So by working together, I am convinced that we can actually build a better world.  I am grateful to each and every one of you for the role that you’re playing in doing that.

Thank you for being here today.  Thank you for the work ahead.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

AMBASSADOR RAO GUPTA:  Thank you very much, Secretary Blinken, for those remarks, for your leadership, for being with us on the WPS agenda, and for making gender equality a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy.  And thank you so much, Director Klein.  We’re grateful to you for the work that you do to integrate gender equality across all of the administration’s priorities domestically and internationally.  We truly appreciate the Biden administration’s leadership in amplifying and elevating the voices of women and girls in areas of conflict and crisis to achieve a more equitable future for all.

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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta will travel to New York, New York, to represent the United States at the first International Alliance on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) Principals Meeting on October 27.  Announced by the United Kingdom in November 2022, the International Alliance on PSVI is a group of countries, organizations, and individuals working together on prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV).  Ambassador Rao Gupta’s participation in this inaugural Principals Meeting highlights and advances the U.S. government’s commitment to preventing and responding to gender-based violence, including CRSV.

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Observance of International Day of the Girl Child 2023

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

The United States joins the global community in recognizing the International Day of the Girl and reaffirms our commitment to advancing the rights and empowerment of girls and young women in all their diversity.

Around the world, girls disproportionately experience the negative impacts of climate-related disasters; conflicts and humanitarian crises; and have lost years of education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rise of technology-facilitated gender-based violence has had dire consequences for their mental health and for their willingness to engage in public spaces; child, early, and forced marriage continues to affect more than 1 in 5 girls globally; female genital mutilation and cutting continues despite laudatory efforts to curb its practice through legislation; and barriers to accessing education and health information and care persist.

Girls continue to face down these barriers to create positive change across the globe. Today, the Department of State, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development, is proud to launch the Women’s and Girls’ Civic and Political Participation Strategy. This strategy details U.S. government commitments to address the barriers to participation faced by adolescent girls in particular and to increase their access to civic education and leadership development opportunities.

The United States stands firm in our commitment to elevate the voices and human rights of all girls and invest in a future that promotes their rights, leadership, and well-being.

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the Advancing the Sustainability and Adaptability of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda Event

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

New York City, New York

United Nations Headquarters

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you very, very much and good morning, everyone.

PARTICIPANTS:  Good morning.

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Wonderful to be with you and particularly wonderful to be with you for this event.

To our co-chair, my friend, the Foreign Minister Luminita, and to the UN Women’s Executive Director Sima Bahous: thank you, thank you for your leadership on this vital issue.  And it’s very gratifying to know that Romania will be carrying the torch going forward.  Thank you for that.

And to my fellow ministers from countries across this network: thank you for your partnership.

We’re also joined by U.S. Representative Lois Frankel.  Where’s Lois?  Somewhere in the house?

PARTICIPANT:  (Off-mike.)

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  All right, we’re joined in spirit – (laughter) – by U.S. Representative Lois Frankel, who has been a champion of women and girls as a co-chair of our congressional Women, Peace, and Security – or WPS – Caucus.

So it’s been more than two decades now since the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325.

That landmark statement recognized the particular devastating ways that conflict harms women and girls.  Combatants use rape, forced marriages, and other forms of gender-based violence as weapons of war.  Fighting interrupting access to essential health services, including critical maternal care.  Compared to boys, girls living in conflict zones are more than twice as likely to miss school and then less likely to return to the classroom afterward.  And all too often, efforts to prevent radicalization and stop violence forget that women can be combatants, too.

At the same time, the Security Council declared that women play a critical role in building peace and strengthening security.  When peacekeeping forces include women, they’re better able to build trust with the communities they’re protecting and address the unique challenges that women and girls face in post-conflict societies.  The research also shows that when women are meaningfully involved in negotiating peace agreements, there is a higher chance the deal will be reached.  And those agreements, in turn, are 35 percent more likely to endure.

Now, I get to see this day-in, day-out in my work.  I know that it is real, and it’s very powerful.

Women’s leadership is essential in times of war and in times of peace.  So it’s imperative that the experiences and perspectives of women – in all of their diversity – are included in initiatives to deliver aid, to end conflict, and to strengthen security.

For the United States, we are deeply committed to making progress on these fronts, including through the State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues led by Ambassador Geeta Rao Gupta, who is with us today and I am so glad to have leading our efforts.  This year, we’re co‑chairing the Women, Peace, and Security Focal Points Network.  This is the organization established to try to translate the words of Resolution 1325 into concrete action.

So in this work, we are trying some new strategies.  For example, we saw the need for more collaboration at a legislative level as more countries across the globe strive to pass laws, including women and girls in matters of peace and security.  So, in partnership with other governments, civil society programs, and our own congressional WPS Caucus, the United States is now helping to launch a network of women parliamentarians, and we’re calling it Global WPS Caucus.

Through this group, we’ll build new partnerships, new exchanges, and we will strive to exchange in particular best practices.  One of the things I’ve been convinced of – doing this for now 30 years – is that on any given issue, for any given problem, there’s probably somewhere in the world someone who has actually found a solution.  But if we don’t share that information, then we reinvent the wheel time and again.  So the power of these networks, of these connections, of these groups, particularly in sharing best practices, is we can really speed up bringing them to bear in a much greater part of the world than we otherwise would.  This will include lessons that the United States has learned as the first country to turn our commitment to these issues into a federal law through the 2017 WPS Act.  So by comparing notes, we will all find ways to make our policies more inclusive and more equal.

As we’re building this new initiative, the United States will also continue to bolster the global fight for women and girls and the entire community that is fighting for them.

One new way we’ll do this is by supporting the WPS Centers of Excellence that are building connections between government officials and civil society leaders, and helping them integrate gender perspectives into peace and security policies.  Now, whether that’s developing responses to climate disasters that address the needs of women and girls, or working to combat gender-based violence in partnership with local community leaders, we’ll be at this in a variety of ways.

Finally, later this fall, our government will release our updated Strategy and National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.  This document is informed by years – quite literally years of research, years of consultation with civil society, experts – and it outlines how we’ll incorporate the needs and the perspectives of women and girls into our own diplomacy, defense, development policies going forward in the years ahead.  So I am very much looking forward to bringing this to fruition and sharing the results with so many of you.

The last note I wanted to leave you with.  As we move forward with these efforts, we will continue to draw support and inspiration from this network and all of its members.

I am convinced that together we actually have an opportunity to make the world just a little bit safer, a little bit more peaceful for women and girls, but in turn, for all of our people.  And if we can do this together, I think we will be able to take great satisfaction in actually having made some progress.

So I thank you all not just for being here today but for being there every day in this work.  As I like to say, these gatherings are important because it focuses all of our minds and attention on a critical issue.  But it’s one day.  It’s the 364 days that follow that really make the difference.

Thank you.  (Applause.)

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U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Meeting on Women’s Economic Empowerment

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The United States hosted Japan and the Republic of Korea in Seattle, Washington on Friday, August 18, on the margins of the APEC Women and the Economy Forum.  Assistant to the President and Director of the Gender Policy Council Jennifer Klein led the U.S. delegation, which also included U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Geeta Rao Gupta, in discussion with Minister in charge of Women’s Empowerment Ogura Masanobu and Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle Seo Eun-ji on shared priorities and efforts related to advancing women’s economic empowerment.

The officials specifically addressed their joint commitment to advancing women’s economic participation; strengthening care infrastructure; and supporting women’s leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.  This meeting builds on previous trilateral engagements in 2016 and 2020 on women’s political and economic empowerment and women’s leadership in STEM fields, respectively, and supports the U.S. Strategy on Global Women’s Economic Security.  The three sides agreed to continue to work together to reduce barriers to women’s full and meaningful participation in the economy, including at a 2024 conference in Washington, D.C.

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Ambassador-at-Large Gupta Travels to Seattle for APEC Women and Economy Forum

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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta will travel to Seattle August 17-20 to participate in the APEC Women and the Economy Forum (WEF) and related events during the Third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM3).  As part of the 2023 U.S. host year, the United States will host the WEF for the first time since former Secretary Clinton launched this annual forum in 2011.  Ambassador Rao Gupta will join the U.S. WEF Chair, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Gender Policy Council Jennifer Klein, in multi-day WEF sessions focused on sustainability and inclusion, with four APEC WEF core themes:  1) the gender/climate nexus and building resilient communities; 2) digital inclusion and innovation; 3) the care economy; and 4) equity and equality in global value chains.

On August 18-19, Ambassador Rao Gupta will deliver remarks at WEF Policy Partner discussions on “Innovations in Care,” “Climate Change and Women’s Health,” and “Indigenous Women, Food Security, and Climate Change.”  On the margins of the WEF, the Ambassador will also engage in meetings with regional partners on bilateral efforts to advance women’s economic security, along with participating in the August 18 U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Meeting on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

On August 20, following the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Women and the Economy (HLPDWE) led by U.S. WEF Chair Klein, Ambassador Rao Gupta will join U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Marisa Lago to co-chair the HLPDWE and Small & Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting (SMEMM) Joint Session.  Jointly organized by the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce, this meeting is the first-ever minister-level APEC ministerial meeting to highlight the role of women as entrepreneurs, innovators, and business owners.  Discussion topics will include expanding women-owned businesses’ access to global value chains, promoting entrepreneurship through e-commerce, and women innovators and creating climate resilience.  The Ambassador and Under Secretary Lago will later co-chair a Joint Gala to elevate women-owned, led, and managed small businesses.

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9431 West Beloit Road, Milwaukee, WI 53227
2710 Broadway # 3, New York, NY 10025
4100 Coca Cola Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28211
1850 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119