United States of America (USA) ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine M. Russell is in Malawi to meet government officials, local leaders, members of civil society and students.
Russell, who arrived yesterday and will be in Malawi until Saturday, is scheduled to meet the said groups to learn more about the status of adolescent girls, particularly their health, education and safety.
In a statement released by the American Embassy’s Public Affairs Section yesterday, Russell’s trip is part of a new US effort to empower girls in Malawi under the Let Girls Learn Initiative championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.
“The United States believes strongly that adolescent girls are one of the best investments we can make. We are committed to working with the Government of Malawi, as well as civil society, community leaders and girls and their families, to engage and equip girls so they reach their full potential,” Russell is quoted in the statement.
In Malawi, the US Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues headed by Russell funds a K280 million project administered by United Nations (UN) women.
The programme supports survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) through economic empowerment. The office also funds a K60 million project titled Empowerment and Recognition of Girls in Thyolo as a Basic Tool for Fighting HIV and Aids and Gender Based Violence.