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Women's Empowerment and Combating Gender-based Violence

February 27, 2012


Date: 02/27/2012 Location: Washington, DC Description: FPC tour participants at Habitat site visit with house recipient - State Dept Image

February 27 - March 2, 2012; Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia
Contact: Washington Foreign Press Center Media Relations Officer Jean Duggan-Foschetti
Telephone: 202-504-6314; email: dugganjc@state.gov

On February 27-March 2, 11 journalists from seven Caribbean nations participated in a Washington Foreign Press Center reporting tour, with a focus on women’s empowerment and combating gender based violence. In Washington, D.C. the group met with and interviewed federal agencies and multilateral organizations to address how policy is shaped at the federal and multinational level. The meetings included the State Department, the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Organization of American States’ Commission on Women. As an end cap to their time in Washington, the journalists attended workshops at the 2nd Annual World Conference on Women’s Shelters where former President Bill Clinton was a surprise keynote speaker. On February 29 the group traveled to Atlanta, GA to meet with state, city and grassroots organizations that showcased innovative approaches to empowering women at home and in the workplace. The Atlanta appointments included the Partnership Against Domestic Violence where a women’s shelter was toured, the Georgia Commission on Women, the Atlanta’s Mayor Office, Habitat for Humanity and their program Women Build, Dress for Success, and the Spelman College’s Women Research and Resource Center. These organizations showcased how they have a direct impact on their community to empower women on an economic and social level, providing resources and tools that can be used today and for their futures.