February 8, 2010


Ambassador on women's progress

“I believe that today women have the opportunity and the responsibility not only to raise our own voices to advance equality and progress but to empower others to raise theirs,” said Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, saying her position created by President Obama “reflects the importance of women’s progress around the world through our own foreign policy.”

In a Feb. 3 speech as part of The Halle Institute’s Turkish Lecture Series, Verveer noted, “Empowering women is one of he most effective and positive forces for reshaping our globe.”

Quoting the Father of Modern Turkey, Ataturk: “A society, a nation, he said, consists of men and women. How is it possible to elevate one part of society while neglecting the other half and expecting the whole to progress?”

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