Geeta Rao Gupta confirmed as Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues


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Indian American Geeta Rao Gupta has been confirmed by the US Senate as the Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues in the State Department.

The department in a tweet on Friday said it is looking forward to her efforts to promote women and girls’ rights through US foreign policy. Gupta was confirmed by the US Senate by 51 to 47 votes early this week.

According to Gupta, there are many inequities and indignities that women suffer around the world, which hold them back from participating fully in the economy.

“They are subject to threats to their safety and have a fear of violence even on a daily basis, and that determines their mobility.

In situations of conflict and emergencies and humanitarian crises they are particularly vulnerable, both in terms of their safety but also in terms of their being able to look after their families and feed their families,” she said during her confirmation hearing last year. 

Geeta Rao Gupta is a leader on gender, women’s issues, and HIV/AIDS who has been serving as executive director of the 3D Program for Girls and Women and senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation since 2017.

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