(Surabaya, Indonesia) — On March 5, 2020, MyAmerica Surabaya and the U.S. Consulate General Surabaya, celebrated Women’s History Month with a facilitated discussion about women and children’s rights. Acting Consul General Angie Mizeur opened the program and three alumni from U.S. government sponsored exchange programs led the discussion for more than 200 participants who attended the event in Surabaya or connected virtually from Ambon, Bali, Banyuwangi, Jember, Malang and Maumere.
Ms. Yuliati Umrah, women and children’s rights activist in East Java and an alumna of the U.S. government sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), highlighted the issue of marginalized women and children, particularly in popular tourist areas. Fellow IVLP alumni Lusi Peilow from Ambon and Ni Nengah Budawati from Bali joined the conversation virtually and shared their role in preserving women’s and children’s rights in their respective communities.
Acting Consul General Angie Mizeur said, “The United States is committed to gender equality, social inclusion, and advancing the status of women and girls. We support the efforts, including that of our exchange alumni, to promote women’s equality, protect the rights of women and girls, and promote women’s empowerment programs in Indonesia,”
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country first-hand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the program, and the State Department selected Ms. Umrah as one of two Indonesian alumni to highlight among the 250 alumni in its year-long anniversary celebration, “Faces of Exchanges”.
“Our exchange programs strengthen people-to-people connections between the United States and Indonesia. The alumni participating today are leaders in their field. They are using the lessons they learned and tools they developed during their exchange in the United States to make a positive impact in their communities,” stated Acting Consul General Angie Mizeur
This is one just one example of enduring a partnership between the United States and Indonesia and shows our commitment to empower women in Indonesia. For more information about Women’s History Month or the work of the United States government in promoting women and children’s rights, and exchange and other opportunities, please follow us on social media @uscongensby and @myamericasurabaya.
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