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The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) ensures that promoting gender equality and advancing the rights of women and girls is fully-integrated into the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. Specifically, the office focuses its work in several key areas: 1) Promoting the full engagement of women in the economic and political spheres; 2) Mitigating the impact of violence against women; 3) Ensuring that women are integrated as equal participants in reconciliation, post-conflict reconstruction and development in areas affected by conflict. 4) Ensuring that women’s needs are targeted and addressed in global development efforts – from health and education, to food security and climate change.
Through our programming activities and initiatives, we work to bring about progress for women in the following policy areas:


Investing in Women and Girls

All around the world, we have seen how even modest investments in the abilities and potential of women and girls can yield transformative results not just for women and girls themselves, but for their families and communities. With U.S. diplomatic missions overseas, S/GWI works to identify local community-based organizations in countries around the world that are striving to meet the critical needs of women and girls. With both Congressionally allocated funds and donations from private sector partners, S/GWI currently has 116 active grants in 57 countries.

In addition to supporting the programmatic goals of the local organizations, the grants also seek to strengthen grantees’ capacity to bring about positive change in their communities.

If you would like to support the programs or seek more information, please contact:


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