Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will travel to India from September 11-15 and China September 16-18, 2010. While in India, Ambassador Verveer will meet with various self-help groups, businesswomen and NGOs working on human rights and women’s empowerment issues in Chennai. In New Delhi, she will continue her work on the advancement of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue on Women's Empowerment. The dialogue’s focus on women’s empowerment is unprecedented in the history of the U.S.-India Strategic relationship and signals the importance both governments place on women’s empowerment. Ambassador Verveer will also deliver a keynote address at the Asia Women's Leadership Regional Summit. Secretary Clinton proposed organizing this event during her visit last year to India. The Summit is co-sponsored by Vital Voices and the State Department.
In China, Ambassador Verveer will speak in Shanghai at the All-China Women’s Federation’s International Forum on Women in Urban Development and Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women. She will travel to Beijing to follow up on the last US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue on women and development, and to discuss the proposed U.S.-China Women Leaders Forum. During her stay in China, Ambassador Verveer will also meet with civil society leaders and government officials.