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The Asia Foundation’s Eileen Pennington Participates in Equal Futures Partnership Meeting

April 25, 2016 — On April 15th, Acting Director for Women’s Empowerment Eileen Pennington served as a subject matter expert at the Equal Futures Partnership (EFP) meeting at the White House. The inter-governmental EFP encourages member countries to empower women politically and economically through policy, legal, and regulatory reforms.

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Co-chaired by Croatian Finance Minister Zdravko Mari and Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, the event featured remarks by Finance Ministers and other leading government officials from member countries regarding progress and challenges in women’s empowerment. EFP members focused their remarks on women’s leadership and workforce participation, entrepreneurship, and access to financing and capital, and shared approaches their countries have taken to advance women’s economic opportunities.

Among the discussions, Japan’s representative spoke about the Abenomics agenda to engage more women in the labor force and strengthen women’s involvement as business managers and board members. Eileen shared insights from the Foundation’s work to identify and dismantle barriers facing women entrepreneurs. The meeting featured an engaging wrap up by Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell.

The Equal Futures Partnership is U.S.-led multilateral initiative designed to encourage member countries to empower women economically and politically. Equal Futures partner countries commit to taking actions including legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to ensure women fully participate in public life at the local, regional, and national levels, and that they lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth. Member countries include: Australia, Japan, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.

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