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Office of Global Women’s Issues

Our Mission

The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) has a mandate to promote the rights and empowerment of women and girls through U.S. foreign policy. Headed by an Ambassador-at-Large, the office leads the Department’s efforts to empower women and girls in U.S. diplomacy, partnerships, and programs.

Our Priorities

Women’s Economic Empowerment

When women are economically empowered, they re-invest in their families and communities, producing a multiplier effect that spurs economic growth and contributes to global peace and stability. Women’s economic empowerment includes promoting opportunities for women to engage in the economy, including as workers and entrepreneurs, while also addressing the broader enabling environment that impacts women’s ability to engage in economic activity.

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Women, Peace, and Security

Women offer unique contributions to making and keeping peace in countries around the world–and those contributions lead to better outcomes not just for women, but for entire societies. The U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) reaffirms the U.S. commitment to enhance women’s meaningful participation in decision-making processes, conflict prevention and resolution, and political and civil life.

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Cross-Cutting Issues

S/GWI’s work on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Women, Peace and Security covers is not single-faceted. There are several cross-cutting issues that S/GWI targets through its work in other areas including Combatting Violent Extremism, Violence against Women, and Women’s Leadership.

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