Civil Society: Empowering Women and Girls Through International Exchanges

Posted by Ann Stock
April 21, 2011
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As part of the U.S. Department of State's year-long initiative to highlight efforts to empower women and girls through international exchanges, civil society leaders from India are "wheels down” for a three-week exchange to work with their American counterparts in Washington, D.C., Miami, Seattle, and Indianapolis.

The delegation, which is participating in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' International Visitor Leadership Program, will collaborate on ways to: provide services for immigrant and minority women; use traditional and modern media for advocacy; promote education for girls; and create lasting public-private partnerships.

Without a doubt, civil society is a key element to ensuring that everyone, especially women and girls, are able to participate fully in their communities. Sunitha Krishnan, an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program, is a powerful example of the positive impact civil society can have on women and girls. Sunitha runs a non-governmental organization in India to assist victims of modern slavery. A victim of human trafficking herself, Sunitha has become a trailblazer in her country and around the world to help the most vulnerable in her community. Learn more about Sunitha's life-changing work here.

International exchanges are an opportunity to bring people together for greater understanding and collaborate on solutions to the challenges that face us all. Using international exchanges as a means to strengthen civil society not only serves as a vital partner to our efforts, but also to those lives they directly help.

Learn more about the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' year-long initiative to highlight efforts that empower women and girls through international exchanges.

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