How Did Women Come to Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy?
From the 1995 Beijing Declaration to recent U.S. policy statements, what are the policy underpinnings of the U.S. government’s efforts on behalf of women and girls around the world? This session will look at the challenges faced by women, including limited political participation, gender-based violence, lack of education, and difficulties participating in formal economies. Why are these issues important to U.S. policy makers? And how did the Obama Administration make the empowerment of women a foreign-policy priority?