Fifteen Iraqi female Provincial Council members, representing eight provinces, are currently in Washington D.C. to attend a conference program until March 27, 2010. Their trip is sponsored by the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
The women, who come from Baghdad, Basrah, Diyala, Maysan, Najaf, Salah ad-Din, Kirkuk, and Thi-Qar, all have an influential role in their communities, are strong and active leaders on women’s issues, and are members of provincial committees and/or leaders of non-governmental organizations. Some of the issues they cover are: human rights; health and environment; public relations; women and children; public services; handicapped, economic and essential services; and transportation and communications.
The Council members are available for interviews.
In addition, the following events are open to the press:
March 23, 2010, 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Forum: The Role of Iraqi Women in the Art of Diplomacy.
Welcome: Stephen H. Estrada, Director, U.S. Diplomacy Center
Opening Remarks: Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
Keynote Speaker: Samir Sumaidaie, Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
Visiting Panelists: Iraqi women recently elected to their provincial councils
Moderator: Aaron Snipe, Foreign Service Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Location: George C. Marshall Conference Center, 21st St. entrance. Please register at http://diplomacy.state.gov/education/136513.htm or fax name and affiliation to (202) 736-9025 .
March 24, 2010, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM -- Congressional breakfast discussion, hosted by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and Iraqi Ambassador Samir Samaidaie, on Iraq’s recent elections, the gains and challenges for Iraqi women, and the role of female political leaders at the provincial level.
Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room B340, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street. Please RSVP by noon on March 23 to the press contact below.
S/GWI Public Affairs Advisor Ruth Bennett, BennettRE@state.gov; 202-647-7282