Geeta Rao Gupta appointed US Ambassador for Global Women's Issues

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The US Senate has confirmed the appointment of Indian-American Geeta Rao Gupta as the 'Ambassador at Large'for global issues related to women at the State Department.

An overview of the news

  • The Senate is deeply impressed by Gupta's efforts to promote the rights of women and girls through US foreign policy.

  • Gupta's nomination was confirmed earlier this week by a 51-47 vote in the US Senate.

  • According to Geeta Rao Gupta, women across the world face many inequalities and stigma and this prevents them from participating fully in the economy.

  • She served as the executive director of the UN Foundation's 3D Program for Girls and Women.

  • She also advises the UNAIDS Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and is on the boards of the InterAction and Moria Fund.

  • She has also held the position of Co-Chair of the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Education and Gender Equality.

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