At the closing luncheon for the Department of State's TechWomen Initiative today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated the completion of the first-ever TechWomen exchange program and announced the planned launch of a similar initiative next year.
The "TechGirls" initiative will complement the TechWomen program and "will bring teenage girls from the Middle East and North Africa for an intensive month of educational activities here in the United States."
On the heels of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany and along with the kick-off of the 40th anniversary year of Title IX, the Department of State recently launched its Women's World Cup Initiative "Empowering Women and Girls through Sports." The initiative is led by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and co-sponsored by the Office of Global Women's Issues as well as the SportsUnited Office, which leads the State Department's international exchange efforts to bring people from all over the globe together through sports, for example through "Soccer Diplomacy."
In her remarks at the Opening Session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed the importance of people-to-people engagement between the U.S. and China, a message she also brought across during the inaugural meeting of the U.S. Advisory Committee on the 100,000 Strong Initiative today, according to the Department of State’s website.
Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with a group of secondary school students and teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina who are currently participating in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ 12th annual delegation of the Youth Leadership Program.
At the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) with Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the two countries’ conviction to increase people-to-people engagement and further exchange programs such as the 100,000 Strong initiative.
On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) today announced the launch of a yearlong series of events that will bring 100 women leaders from 92 different countries to the U.S.
At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday, Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) noted, during a Q&A conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that he believes citizen diplomacy and international exchange programs are “critical” aspects of U.S. public diplomacy. Sec. Clinton stated her agreement, saying that she would “double or triple” student exchange programs if she could, and that she is a “big believer in people-to-people diplomacy”:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning, arguing in support of a robust International Affairs Budget and saying that the cuts to the Department of State budget included in the House’s recently passed bill, H.R. 1, would be “devastating to our national security”:
This week marked the celebration of two prominent milestones in citizen diplomacy and people-to-people exchanges: the 70th Anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and the 50th Anniversary of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV).
[UPDATE 1/20/11: Full video of the First Lady's remarks is now available below. Also see President Hu's remarks on exchanges: "It is extremely important to increase exchanges between young people in China and the U.S."]