Vital Voices Global Partnership Welcomes Dr. Mayra Buvinic, Global Pioneer in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment to Advise on New Research Division

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Enhancing the Research Agenda Around Economic Empowerment and Political Leadership

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices, announced today that Dr. Mayra Buvinic, former director of gender and development at the World Bank, has recently joined the organization to focus on developing its new research division. Nelson said, "From the earliest days, Mayra has been at the center of pioneering initiatives in research and development to support women’s empowerment, social development and violence prevention. We are delighted that her leadership will focus our research efforts on asking and answering some of the key questions facing women today."

Dr. Buvinic’s career has included developing and leading some of the seminal initiatives and partnerships in the gender space. From leading "Gender Equality as Smart Economics," the US $70 million Gender Action Plan at the World Bank, to founding and serving for 19 years as president of the International Center for Research on Women. She has built an internationally renowned career committed to improving the conditions of women everywhere.

Buvinic on coming to Vital Voices said: "I am delighted to support Vital Voices expanded research agenda as it seeks to pursue a variety of essential research streams on women’s contribution to economic and political life, including effective governance and the role of women leaders."

About Vital Voices Global Partnership:
Vital Voices’ mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. It is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world. Its international staff and team of over 1,000 partners, pro bono experts and leaders, including senior government, corporate and NGO executives, have trained and mentored more than 8,000 emerging women leaders from over 127 countries in Asia, Africa, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East since 1997. These women have returned home to train and mentor more than 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities. Visit http://www.vitalvoices.org to learn more.

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