Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Melanne Verveer, will travel to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Pristina, Kosovo October 2-6, to meet with political leaders, women's rights advocates, and civil society actors, and to promote dialogue, collaboration, and collective action for the advancement of women in the Balkans region.
On October 3, Ambassador Verveer, joined by U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Patrick S. Moon, will lead a strategic dialogue with civil society on women’s empowerment in Sarajevo, which will include the participation of over 30 civil society organizations and local leaders from throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as members of the international community. The strategic dialogue with civil society, which was initially launched by Secretary Clinton in April, 2011, will provide a forum for women leaders and civil society actors in the region to come together to share views and best practices. Ambassadors Verveer and Moon will co-chair a series of four panels focused on women's political participation, economic standing, domestic violence, and access to healthcare.
Ambassador Verveer will then visit Pristina October 4-6, to speak at the “Partnership for Change: Empowering Women” International Women's Summit hosted by President of the Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga. The Summit – the first of its kind in the region – will address women's economic development, political participation, and social status, and the inclusion of women in the security, business, and justice sectors. Other international and regional senior officials and civil society leaders are also scheduled to participate.