United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues

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Ambassador-at-Large of the United States for Global Women's Issues
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Nominator President of the United States
Inaugural holder Melanne Verveer
Formation 2009
Website U.S. Office - GWI

The Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues is the ambassador-at-large who heads the Office on Global Women's Issues in the United States Department of State. This ambassador-at-large also has the rank of Assistant Secretary.[1][2]

The position was created by the Barack Obama administration in 2009.[3] The first ambassador-at-large was Melanne Verveer,[3] who served from April 6, 2009 until she was replaced by Catherine M. Russell on May 8, 2013.[4] The post has been vacant since January 20, 2017.[5]

The Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues ensures that the rights of women and girls are fully integrated into the formulation and conduct of United States foreign policy. Working with the White House, USAID, the Department of Defense, and other agencies, as well as with civil society and the private sector, the United States Department of State has launched multiple and wide-ranging global initiatives to promote women’s social and economic development, integrate women into peace and security building, address and prevent gender-based violence, and ensure women’s full participation in civic and political life.

Accomplishments of the Office of Global Women's issues to date[6] include health care and police training to help survivors of sexual violence in the Congo and support for female entrepreneurs in the Americas.


  1. ^ "Assistant Secretaries and Equivalent Rank". January 20, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Department Organization Chart". March 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Rhee, Foon. Boston.com. Obama nominates ambassador for women's issues March 6, 2009. Accessed March 8, 2009.
  4. ^ State Dept. official biography of Catherine M. Russell [1] Accessed September 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Global Women's Issues (Ambassador-at-Large): Vacant
  6. ^ Wheaton, Sarah (2013-08-22). "A Question of How Women's Issues Will Fare, in Washington and Overseas". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 

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