Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 5, 2013


The U.S. Department of State will bring 85 women and men from 57 countries to the United States March 4-22 for Women in Action, a special initiative of the International Visitor Leadership Program. This initiative will provide a forum for global leaders across sectors to discuss supporting the next generation of young women leaders.

Women in Action is part of the Department of State’s efforts to promote women’s social and economic development and full participation in civic and political life. This initiative coincides with International Women’s Day and activities around the world that highlight the need to empower women as essential to achieving global equality, stability, and economic prosperity. The participants will meet with business and non-profit organization leaders across the United States, and discuss ideas to impact their communities. The Women in Action initiative focuses on mentoring programs as a sustainable model to empower women and girls and promote equality worldwide.

The participants are community activists, elected officials, academics, and representatives of organizations that are devoted to preparing women across the world for leadership roles. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ StateIVLP and ExchangesConnect Facebook pages will document some of the activities of the participants while they are in the United States.

For media inquiries, please contact eca-press@state.gov.



PRN: 2013/0246