US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Meets Elected Women in India
July 21, 2011
During US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to India this past July, a member of her delegation, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer, visited the state of Rajasthan. There, Ambassador Verveer met with nearly 100 elected women representatives (EWRs) trained by The Hunger Project (THP). She was accompanied in her visit by THP-India Vice President and Country Director, Rita Sarin, and Director, Sriparna Ganguly.
All graduates of THP’s capacity building programs, the EWRs shared with Ambassador Verveer their work being done on issues of water, girl child education, gender based violence, disaster management, corruption, food security, health and panchayat (local government) accountability.
The EWRs, most of them newly elected to public office, discussed the challenges they face in their Panchayats and effective strategies to overcome them. Ambassador Verveer expressed her appreciation of the changes brought about by EWRs and stressed the need to share their accomplishments more broadly. She emphasized that greater awareness of their work would encourage women's political participation in other parts of the world.