Geeta Rao Gupta, an Indian American, has been appointed as the Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues in the State Department. This appointment was approved by the US Senate with a vote of 51 to 47. The State Department expressed its enthusiasm for Gupta’s role in advancing women and girls’ rights through US foreign policy.
Gupta’s Perspective on Women’s Issues
During her confirmation hearing last year, Gupta shared her perspective on the challenges women face globally. She highlighted the various inequalities and indignities that hinder women’s full participation in the economy. Women often encounter violence and live in constant fear for their safety, which limits their mobility. Gupta also emphasized the vulnerability of women during conflicts, emergencies, and humanitarian crises, affecting both their safety and their ability to support their families.
Background of Geeta Rao Gupta
Born in Mumbai, India in 1956, Geeta Rao Gupta is a renowned advocate for gender equality, women’s rights, and HIV/AIDS issues. She has previously served as the executive director at the 3D Program for Girls and Women and held the position of senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation since 2017. Gupta’s expertise lies in AIDS prevention and addressing the vulnerability of women to HIV. She strongly believes in empowering women economically and socially as a means to combat disease, poverty, and hunger.
Appointment by President Joe Biden
Geeta Rao Gupta was nominated by US President Joe Biden for the position of United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Her appointment has now been confirmed by the US Senate, signifying her role in championing women’s rights and driving positive change on a global scale.
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