Cairo – “Egypt is making progress on issues like education, women’s participation in politics, and entrepreneurship,” said the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine Russell. Ambassador Russell is in Cairo for two days to meet with and hear from a diverse group of Egyptian women in business, government, and civil society. “I’m looking forward to seeing some of that progress first hand and learning more about the next steps Egypt is taking for women and girls,” she said.
During her visit January 31-February 1, Ambassador Russell will speak with women about economic inclusion, political involvement, education and health for young women, and gender-based violence. She will also hold meetings with UN Women and the Arab League during her visit.
Ambassador Russell leads the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, where she helps lead U.S. global efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, empower women in the economy, elevate women in peace and security, and educate adolescent girls. Prior to assuming this position in August 2013, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.