Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will travel to Brazil from February 17 to 19, 2011 to launch events in support of the U.S.-Brazil Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Advancement of Women. In Brasilia, Ambassador Verveer will meet with senior government officials to advance the U.S.-Brazilian partnership on women’s issues, establish the priorities for activities under the MOU, and lay the groundwork for launching future projects. Ambassador Verveer also will visit the Brasilia Women’s Police Precinct, Brazil’s model station dedicated to addressing cases of gender-based violence, and will meet with private sector and civil society representatives to share strategies for women’s empowerment.
In Recife, Ambassador Verveer will meet with government officials, NGO representatives, entrepreneurs and innovators from the Northeast of Brazil.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Brasilia signed the MOU in March 2010 to strengthen bilateral cooperation on women’s empowerment.