Melanne Verveer: Make women 'as effective as they can be'

By Carlos Santamaria 03 April 2014

Melanne Verveer speaks to Devex Impact reporter Adva Saldinger about women’s empowerment.

Over the past few decades, there has been considerable progress on women’s empowerment — but that progress has been “uneven,” says Melanne Verveer.

Verveer became the first-ever U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues in April 2009 before joining Georgetown University last year as executive director of the Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

Where does Verveer see little progress? And how should the international development community not only bring women to the political table, but enable them to be as effective as they can be?

Click the above video to find out Verveer’s answers.

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Carlos Santamaria

As associate editor for breaking news, Carlos Santamaria supervises Devex's Manila-based news team and the creation of our daily newsletter. Carlos joined Devex after a decade working for international wire services Reuters, AP, Xinhua, EFE and Philippine social news network Rappler in Madrid, Beijing, Manila, New York and Bangkok. During that time, he also covered natural disasters on the ground in Myanmar and Japan.

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