Seattle International Foundation to Welcome Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at “Women In The World” Event

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Ambassador Verveer to Discuss Supporting Women and Girls Worldwide With Seattle Community Leaders

“The challenges facing women globally are many and deeply interconnected, and both the activists and ordinary women taking steps to advance economic, social and political progress need our support.” Ambassador Melane Verveer.

The Seattle International Foundation invites community leaders in the Puget Sound region to come together November 16, 2010 for the “Women in the World” breakfast discussion with U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melane Verveer.

The Ambassador will offer insight into the Obama Administration’s focus on women and girls as a diplomatic and developmental priority, as well as discuss ways the strong international development community in Western Washington can continue to play a leadership role in confronting the health, education and economic obstacles women face worldwide.

“The challenges facing women globally are many and deeply interconnected, and both the activists and ordinary women taking steps to advance economic, social and political progress need our support,” said Ambassador Verveer. “This is important not just for them but impacts all of us, and we can take clear steps that will aid their success,” she said.

In addition to the Ambassador’s remarks, the event will discuss the importance of international philanthropy, highlight organizations in the region working to meet the needs of women globally, and showcase models and best practices for international giving locally. The event will be presented with support from Global Washington, Washington Women’s Foundation, and the Women’s Funding Alliance.

“For many of the hundreds of organizations working in the Puget Sound region, giving women worldwide an opportunity to live healthy lives is the key to helping communities lift themselves out of poverty,” said Paula Clapp, Co-Founder of Global Partnerships and SIF . “Whether it is in businesses, philanthropy, nonprofits or the public sector, I am proud of the priority our community places on these issues and hope to see it continue.”

To be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Seattle from 7:00-10:00am, the event is being organized with the support of host committee members Paula Clapp, Phyllis Campbell of JP Morgan Chase, and outgoing President & COO of the Seattle Times Carolyn Kelly, as well as other distinguished women from leading business, legal, media, philanthropic, cultural and educational institutions in Washington State.

For more information or to purchase individual tickets, or to sponsor a table please visit http://www.seaif.org. For press inquiries, please contact:

Email: info(at)seaif(dot)org
Phone: 206-547-9330

About SIF--The Seattle International Foundation is a supporting organization of the Seattle Foundation and exists to promote global giving in Seattle and to invest in initiatives for global development. In 2009, the Seattle International Foundation awarded $2.2 million is grants to 43 organizations (31 based in the Pacific Northwest) working in over 40 countries.

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