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Secretary's Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls


Overview
The Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls seeks to find and bring to scale the most pioneering approaches to the political, economic and social empowerment of women and girls around the globe. Founded on the premise that the major economic, security, governance and environmental challenges of our time cannot be solved without the full participation of women at all levels of society, this award supports the Department of State’s commitment to the advancement of women globally. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the award is part of the State Department’s continuing emphasis on public-private partnerships, and is administered by the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. The Rockefeller Foundation, as part of its mission to expand opportunity and promote more equitable growth, seeks to identify innovative approaches that can be scaled to address these challenges.

Where We Are in the Process
The deadline for submitting concept papers for the Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls has officially closed. We are currently in the review phase and will announce the final awardees once the selection process is completed.

A jury panel of international experts from the private sector, government, and non-governmental organizations, co-chaired by Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer and Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin, will assist in the selection of two award winners. We plan to highlight the awards at a ceremony at the Department of State in Washington, DC.


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