Women Wednesday: Melanne Verveer

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“Investments in women are positively correlated to growth, prosperity, stability, democracy, health - and vital to our national security. We cannot write off the talent of half the world and expect to confront our challenges.”

Ambassador Melanne Verveer is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She also serves as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairmanship. Ambassador Verveer was the first person to be named U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues by President Obama in 2009. In the creation of the department, her role was to mainstream a gendered perspective as an integrated issue across the overall operations of the State Department. 

Check out Ambassador Verveer in action speaking with Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs!