Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer accompanies Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Lima, Peru, October 15-16 to participate in an international conference on women’s financial inclusion, Power: Women as Drivers of Growth and Social Inclusion, organized by the Government of Peru’s Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion and the Inter-American Development Bank, with the support of the Department of State. In addition to addressing the conference, Ambassador Verveer will meet with women entrepreneurs from the region, including representatives from the WEAmericas network, to discuss the role of women in the economy and ways to strengthen and expand women’s economic participation.
Ambassador Verveer will then travel to Guatemala City and Antigua, Guatemala, October 17-20 to meet with government officials, NGO leaders, and women entrepreneurs to discuss prevention of and response to gender-based violence, promote women’s economic participation, and address the needs of indigenous women. In Antigua, she will meet with local women artisans, mostly indigenous, who work with a program to address malnutrition in Guatemala. She will also visit fair trade shops and assess the role of women in the economy. In Guatemala City, Ambassador Verveer will launch Mujeres Adelante (Women Moving Forward), an initiative to combat gender-based violence (GBV), raise awareness and accountability on women’s rights and GBV, share best practices, and promote collaboration among women leaders in the region. The initiative, sponsored by the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) with support from the Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will bring women from Central America to the United States for skills and capacity-building training in GBV prevention and awareness.