Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 22, 2013

On November 25, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell will host a panel discussion marking the 14th annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which launches the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. This year’s discussion will address intimate partner violence and linkages between the domestic and international contexts, with a focus on marginalized and indigenous women. Tina Tchen, Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls, will provide opening remarks. 

Other invited panelists include Bea Hanson, Acting Director of the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women; Layli Miller-Muro, Executive Director of Tahirih Justice Center; Nivia Monica Da Silva, Public Prosecutor, Coordinator of the Center for the Promotion of Gender and Racial Equality in Minas Gerais, Brazil; and Juana Majel Dixon, Co-Chair of the National Congress of American Indians Task Force on Violence Against Women.

The event is open to the press and will be held in the Marshall Center at the Department of State located at the 21st Street entrance, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Pre set for video cameras: 8:45 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:15 a.m. from the 21st Street Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend the event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport.) 

The program will also be webcast live for international audiences at:

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PRN: 2013/1464