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“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.” 

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Ms. Verveer is the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She served as the first United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, nominated by President Barack Obama.

She was also appointed US Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.  Previously, Verveer was the Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, which she co-founded with Hillary Clinton in 2001. During the Clinton Administration, she was appointed Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to the First Lady Hillary Clinton. She has also served as Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairmanships.

Ms Verveer holds a B.S. and M.S. from Georgetown University and several honorary degrees.