Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 9, 2012

On September 9, 2012, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will launch a regional training program for grassroots women political leaders from several South Asian countries on the campus of the Asian University for Women (AUW). The Asian University for Women, located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, is the only pan-Asian University for women that provides educational and leadership opportunities for underprivileged and talented women across Asia.

Supported by the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, the regional training program will bring together 60 local, village-level women leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for 10 days of intensive training and networking at AUW. The program is designed to boost the leadership, political, and policymaking skills that are essential for emerging women leaders to become more effective agents of change and progress in their communities. Skills covered in the program will include good governance, negotiation and conflict resolution, consensus-building, advocacy, media strategies and message development, as well as topical workshops on women’s health, environmental protection, human rights, and democracy.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the program during her visit to Chennai, India in June 2011. U.S. support for this program demonstrates its firmly-held belief that advancing women’s political and civic leadership is essential to securing peace, prosperity, political freedom around the world.

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, Bangladesh’s Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs Dr. Shirin Chaudhury, and Indian Minister of State for Women and Child Affairs Minister Krishna Tirath, will attend the program’s opening ceremony in Chittagong on September 9.

For further information, please contact the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues

PRN: 2012/1407