"Women In Public Service"
A 2011 Special IVLP Project
The International Council was privileged to be selected to host three women leaders from Sudan,
Tunisia & Yemen in December 2011 from this special program. The program is focused on building a generation of
women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership in their governments, and
change the way global solutions are forged. The visitors to Tampa Bay were leaders in health care policy,
alternative energy development, and vocational-technical education.
The US Department of State press advisory follows:
Press Releases: U.S. Department of State Announces "The Women in Public Service
Department of State Announces "The Women in Public Service Project"
Office of the Spokesperson
December 6, 2011
This email is
The U.S. Department of State announced today “The Women in Public Service Project,” an
innovative initiative that pairs the power of public service with the Seven Sisters Colleges of Barnard
College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Wellesley College to engage and inspire
future generations of women leaders in the United States and around the world. The Project will identify and
educate a new generation of women committed to public service, create an infrastructure of support and
mentoring, and help enable more women to enter public service and political leadership.
To kick-off this wide-ranging initiative, 40 women from 37 countries who serve their
communities as elected officials, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, and civil society activists
traveled to the United States today to participate in an International Visitor Leadership Program. During
this international exchange, these international women in public service will collaborate with their American
counterparts on ways in which to bridge barriers facing women in public service and empower a new generation
of young women.
The 40 international participants are arriving from Afghanistan, Angola, Belize,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Cameroon, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti,
Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Maldives, Namibia, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New
Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste,
Tunisia and Yemen. These women will travel to Albany, NY; Austin, TX; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Indianapolis,
IN; Kansas City, MO; Manchester, NH; Minneapolis, MN; Pensacola, FL; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake
City, UT; Seattle, WA; and Tampa, FL.
Following the 10-day exchange, the women leaders will travel to Washington, D.C. where
they will participate in the Secretary of State’s Women in Public Service colloquium. The colloquium will
bring together policymakers and leading thinkers to highlight the urgent need for women in public services
and the resources they need to attain positions of leadership. Details regarding the colloquium will be
In addition, on December 16-17, the participants will attend the Emerging Women
Leaders in Public Service Forum. The forum will explore such issues as the skills needed for successful
public servants in the 21st century and how to achieve the 50 percent mark for women in public service by
2050. The women will identify mentoring and training needs, as well as how to establish and sustain an
international network of leaders and generate new insights on women's political leadership roles.
Updates on the events and the Women in Public Service project can be found on Facebook
at http://www.facebook.com/WPSProject or on Twitter @WPSProject.
Media contact: Talley Sergent, U.S. Department of State, SergentRT@state.gov.