Media Advisory: "Strengthening Women's Political Participation" Event at the U.S. Mission to the UN to feature Valerie Jarrett, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls

New York, NY
February 27, 2012


Valerie Jarrett, the Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, will be the featured speaker at “Strengthening Women’s Political Participation,” a panel focusing on programs and policies to strengthen and encourage women’s political participation, especially in rural settings. This event will be held on the margins of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Tuesday, February 28 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., on the second floor of the United States Mission to the United Nations (799 United Nations Plaza) in New York.

This event will serve as part of an ongoing follow up dialogue around President Obama's September 2011 challenge to fellow heads of state to break down barriers to women's political and economic participation, and the joint statement on advancing women’s political participation signed by numerous heads of state and government officials, including Secretary of State Clinton, also during the UN General Assembly last September. As part of continuing U.S. efforts to further women’s participation, including during periods of political transition, the United States introduced a resolution on this topic during the UNGA fall 2011 session. This resolution was adopted by consensus with 130 co-sponsors joining the United States. The U.S. delegation will discuss establishing new international partnerships on these critical efforts over the course of CSW.

The program will be co-chaired by Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and the co-head of this year’s delegation to the CSW. Neela Gangadharan, the Secretary of India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development will serve as co-chair of this event. Deputy United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rosemary DiCarlo will participate as well. Other members of the program panel include Margaret Mensah-Williams, Vice Chairperson of the National Council of Namibia, Pam Rajput, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Punjab University, India and Myassar Al-Sardiyah, Member of Parliament, Jordan.

The theme of this year’s CSW is the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.

Members of the press are invited to attend, but are required to RSVP by 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28 to

This event will also be streamed live at:

All members of the public are invited to join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #CSW56.


PRN: 2012/040