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Women Leaders Promoting Peace and Security Arrive in United States

Women leaders from government ministries, the security sector, media organizations, and civil society will be in the United States November 30 – December 16 exploring ways they can promote and facilitate peace and security around the world.

The 70 international participants are in the United States as a part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. They will engage in discussions regarding current peace and security situations and challenges throughout the world, as well as ways they can promote gender equality and the protection of human rights. The initiative supports the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, which calls for the empowerment of women as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity.

Through meetings, interactive workshops, site visits, and roundtable discussions, the participants will examine how women leaders and organizations in the United States actively engage in mediating conflicts and disputes arising from political, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and regional differences.

The program opens in Washington, D.C., where the participants will meet with government officials and private sector partners. Participants will then break into smaller groups to visit three additional cities which include: Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; Greensboro and Raleigh, NC; Kalamazoo, MI; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Pensacola, FL; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Tucson, AZ.

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Source: U.S. State Department.