Women as Agents of Change: Advancing the Role of Women in Politics and Civil Society
U.S. Department of State: Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer gives testimony before the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and addresses the challenges and barriers that women around the world face to productive participation in political engagement and government.
"The State Department and USAID are deeply committed to advancing women’s opportunities for meaningful participation in politics and civil society. We embrace the opportunity to continue to promote women’s empowerment and participation at all levels of society. Moving forward, we will build on the strengths of our accomplishments, including those in Afghanistan and Iraq; continue to fund projects to enhance women’s political and democratic participation; leverage public private partnerships to broaden opportunities for women; and increase our work with the international community to ensure that women are included in peace and security negotiations. We will work in partnership with our Embassies overseas to identify and support emerging women leaders and democracy defenders. This task requires collaboration and leadership at all levels of the U.S. government and with the international community. In this way, more women will be able to take part in the democratic process and serve as examples for future generations. With the support of Congress, we look forward to continuing this collective endeavor. "