Senior Official to the Secretary of State in the Office of Global Women’s Issues Katrina Fotovat will travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Berlin, Germany; Chisinau, Moldova; and Copenhagen, Denmark from May 3–16.
In the United Arab Emirates on May 3–7, Senior Official Fotovat will participate in the 2023 Global Summit of Women, “Women: Leading a New Climate of Change,” where she will engage with women leaders in business and government on ways to increase economic opportunities for women and girls in all their diversity. On May 4, Senior Official Fotovat will deliver remarks on the U.S. government’s recently launched U.S. Strategy on Global Women’s Economic Security at the Ministerial Roundtable on “Public/Private Sector Partnerships Advancing Economic Opportunity for Women and Girls.”
In Germany on May 8-9, Senior Official Fotovat will speak at a conference on “Women, Peace and Security and the Role of Parliaments” organized by the George C. Marshall Center for Strategic Studies, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense and the German Federal Ministry of Defense and the only bilateral Center among the six U.S. Department of Defense Regional Centers. She will engage with parliamentarians from Eastern and Southeastern Europe on the relationship between gender and security and the role of parliament in fostering the WPS agenda and reaffirm U.S. leadership on advancing WPS priorities across the globe.
In Moldova on May 10-13, Senior Official Fotovat will partake in high-level bilateral meetings with senior government officials focused on advancing gender equity and equality. During her visit, she will also meet with women leaders in the private sector and civil society spaces to advance the rights and status of women and girls. She will build upon the strong, longstanding partnership between the United States and Moldova to advance human rights, address gender-based violence, and ensure that all people fleeing Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine can find safety, security, and support.
In Denmark on May 13-16, Senior Official Fotovat will participate in meetings with multiple like-minded international partners convening at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the spring International Atrocity Prevention Working Group meeting. These conversations will center around ongoing atrocity prevention efforts and opportunities for future coordination. Specifically, Senior Official Fotovat will discuss the ongoing prioritization of gender and conflict-related sexual violence in atrocity prevention and response policies, programs, and messaging. The U.S. delegation is composed of principals from multiple U.S. Department of State offices and the National Security Council.