The Office of Global Women’s Issues, within the U.S. State Department, works to ensure that women’s issues are fully integrated in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. The Office promotes stability, peace, and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world. Under the leadership of former Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, GWI was foundational to the formation of WPSP in early 2011, making Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s vision for the partnership with the historic Seven Sister colleges a reality.
GWI continues to be an important partner of Women in Public Service Institute: Peacebuilding and Development. Ann Mei Chang, Senior Advisor for Women and Technology for GWI, is partnering with Bryn Mawr College to design a day of Institute programming that will focus on communications and technology for social change. The program will showcase innovative communication and organizing tools that can contribute to social change. The day will begin with a keynote address by Chang addressing the gender digital divide.
GWI recently featured the remarks of Secretary of State Kerry on ‘Why Women are Central to U.S. Foreign Policy’ in their DipNotes blog. “No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind. This is why the United States believes gender equality is critical to our shared goals of prosperity, stability, and peace, and why investing in women and girls worldwide is critical to advancing U.S. foreign policy.”