President Obama recently announced the creation of a new position, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, at the State Department. Melanne Verveer, a widely respected women’s advocate and former top aide to then first lady Hillary Clinton, will fill that role.
Critical strides are also being made globally. In Rwanda, a country devastated by genocide, women have become a key part of the nation’s rebirth. Under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, more than half of the parliament is made up of women. In Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf made history when she became the first female president on the African continent.
In the Middle East, Kuwait has emerged as a leader in women’s suffrage and political participation. And in the United Arab Emirates, women such as Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, minister of foreign trade, have been trailblazers for progress throughout the region.
We all know that investing in the education of women improves lives and creates a brave new world.
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[Pictured above: Dina Habib Powell, global head of corporate engagement at Goldman Sachs, served as U.S. assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs from 2005 to 2007.]
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