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MEDIA ADVISORY | December 1st Digital Press Briefing with Katrina Fotovat, Senior Official, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues


Please join us on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, for a digital press briefing with Katrina Fotovat of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues on the topic of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV.) Ms. Fotovat will discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to preventing and responding to GBV, including through the recently released, first-ever U.S. National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, the forthcoming update of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to GBV Globally, and the development of the first-ever domestic U.S. National Action Plan to End GBV. After brief opening remarks, Ms. Fotovat will take questions from participating journalists.


Speaker: Katrina Fotovat, Senior Official of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues

Date: Wednesday, December 1

Time: 16:00 (Johannesburg) | 15:00 (Brussels) |14:00 GMT | 9:00 EST

Language: English. French Interpretation

Ground rules: The briefing will be on the record

RSVP by clicking here 

Twitter: Join the conversation at #AFHubPress; follow us on @AfricaMediaHub

Background information: Please see the website of the Office of Global Women’s Issues.



Katrina Fotovat

Katrina Fotovat, Senior Official

Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Initiative

Katrina “Kat” Fotovat is currently the Senior Official to the Secretary of State in the Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI), where she leads a team of gender experts promoting gender equality efforts including support of women, peace, and security, countering violent extremism, promoting women’s economic empowerment, and combatting gender-based violence. Ms. Fotovat has more than 20 years of experience advocating for gender and human rights globally, specifically in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Previously, Ms. Fotovat was Director for the Office of Communications, Policy, and Partnerships, in the Bureau of 3Conflict and Stabilization Operations where she oversaw an expert team that provided policy and strategy guidance to respond to atrocities, fragility, increase global stability and peacebuilding, and integrating women, peace, and security efforts in areas of conflict.  Ms. Fotovat was also the Deputy Director for the Global Programs Office in the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor where she oversaw more than one billion dollars in active programs geared toward supporting civil society and human rights in the most sensitive and fragile spaces, including internet freedom, transitional justice, and marginalized populations.

Ms. Fotovat’s other positions in the U.S. Government include serving as a Political Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Moldova, as Senior Grants Officer in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, as Senior Human Rights Advisor in the Office of the Procurement Executive, and as an Interagency Liaison at USAID.

Before joining the U.S. government, Ms. Fotovat’s experience includes transitional justice and peace negotiations efforts with the Nobel Prize nominated, Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG). This work included drafting post conflict constitutions in Iraq and Kosovo, and international crisis aid negotiations in Sri Lanka.  Additionally, she has done extensive gender and human rights work through UNHCR, CEDAW, the American Bar Association, and other organizations.  Ms. Fotovat previously worked as legal counsel at the International Human Rights Legal Clinic, focusing on trafficking in persons and asylum cases, with a special focus on Burma.  Ms. Fotovat also helped to found an anti-trafficking in persons organization in Moldova, where she was also a Peace Corps Volunteer.  She holds a Juris Doctor in International Human Rights Law and a master’s degree in Foreign Policy from American University.  She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her son and husband.



  • Participants should join the briefing 10 minutes early.
  • Ms. Fotovat will give short opening remarks and then the question-and-answer session will begin.
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