"Because the peace and security of nations around the globe depend upon the education and advancement of women and girls, my Administration has placed their perspectives and needs at the heart of our foreign policy. Last December, I released the first United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security to help ensure women play an equal role in peace-building worldwide. By fully integrating women’s voices into peace processes and our work to prevent conflict, protect civilians, and deliver humanitarian assistance, the United States is bringing effective support to women in areas of conflict and improving the chances for lasting peace. In the months ahead, my Administration will continue to collaborate with domestic and international partners on new initiatives to bring economic and political opportunity to women at home and abroad."
President Barack Obama. March 1, 2012
USAID Administrator Shah, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome Ertharin Cousin, and Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security Jonathan Shrier are traveling to Kenya and Ethiopia. During their visit (Oct. 4-5), they will meet with government officials and civil society and private sector representatives to discuss progress in the region and impediments to securing unfettered humanitarian access to the at-risk populations in Somalia and those in camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. Since emergency assistance alone cannot solve the underlying long-term problems, the delegation will also visit programs that demonstrate how Feed the Future projects are supporting local efforts to increase resilience among vulnerable populations. Read More