Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 8, 2012


Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will travel to Northern Ireland, Bangladesh, Sweden, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates from December 7-14 to promote the advancement of women, engage with leaders and civil society representatives, and participate in a number of events highlighting women’s economic, political, and social inclusion, as well as their role in peace and security. 

In Belfast, Northern Ireland December 7, Ambassador Verveer will deliver an address on Women, Peace, and Security at the University of Ulster. She will meet with women active in advancing the Northern Ireland peace process, as well as with representatives of the Women in Business Northern Ireland organization.

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 8-9, Ambassador Verveer will launch the South Asian Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium and deliver remarks. Symposium supports the New Silk Road vision of enhancing regional economic integration and advancing economic growth, peace, and stability, by empowering women through entrepreneurship and trade. Please click here for more information on the Symposium. While in Dhaka, she will also meet with key members of the government, civil society, and women’s organizations to discuss opportunities and challenges for women’s empowerment in Bangladesh.

Continuing on to Stockholm, Sweden December 10-12, Ambassador Verveer will participate in the World Bank's Gender Advisory Council meeting, speaking on a panel to discuss post 2015 gender and development along with Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okongo-Iweala and Under Secretary and Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet. During her stay in Stockholm, she will also meet with women entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, and government officials to discuss gender and development.

Ambassador Verveer will then join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Tunis, Tunisia on December 12 for the Forum for the Future Conference where she will participate in the women’s empowerment session, and accompany her to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on December 14.



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