CARE Joins 80 Organizations In Community Statement on GWI Qualifications

CARE Joins 80 Organizations In Community Statement on GWI Qualifications

2/23/18

CARE knows that when you empower a girl or a woman, she becomes a catalyst for positive change and her success benefits everyone around her. That’s why CARE’s more than seven decades of experience has focused on promoting gender equality and working with communities to recognize the value of women and girls everywhere. Investing in gender equality is central to U.S. foreign policy, which is why it’s vital that the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues (GWI) within the Department of State shares these same goals. The Ambassador is the face of the U.S. Government's values in promoting gender equality, so the person who serves in this role should be a strong, vocal supporter of women's rights worldwide. 

This list of qualifications should be considered the minimum criteria for any candidate to be Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. It represents the consensus of 80 groups from across civil society, and reflects the baseline standard to which any candidate for this position is held. The statement does not imply that any signatory organization endorses or opposes a specific candidate for the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues position.

The civil society groups that developed this list of criteria strongly believe that any nominee to be Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues must bring foreign policy expertise as well as commitment to, passion for and experience in gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights.  We believe that a qualified candidate must have experience working on these issues globally, and a proven track record on many of the key priorities of the GWI office. Any qualified nominee should have a proven history of opposing all forms of discrimination and violence, and of empowering marginalized communities across the world. We encourage raising serious questions about any nominee who cannot meet these criteria.

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