Asia Foundation Joins State of Women Summit at White House

June 16, 2016 — On Tuesday, The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program team, Acting Director Eileen Pennington, Assistant Director Barbara Rodriguez, and Program Officer Elizabeth Romanoff Silva, joined the United State of Women Summit held at the White House. The all-day event covered key gender equality issues, including economic empowerment, educational opportunity, violence against women, and entrepreneurship and innovation.

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls and Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls open the United State of Women Summit. Photo by Eileen Pennington.

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls and Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls open the United State of Women Summit. Photo by Eileen Pennington.

Speakers included President Barack Obama; Vice President Joe Biden; Oprah Winfrey in conversation with First Lady Michelle Obama; Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett; and Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women; among dozens of others.

“Because of all of you, over the past seven years, we have significantly improved the lives of women and girls not just here at home, but around the world,” said President Obama. “And I could not be prouder of what we’ve accomplished. I want to talk about why it matters, and why we’ve got to do more.”

From left to right: The Asia Foundation’s Elizabeth Silva, Barbara Rodriguez and Eileen Pennington.

From left to right: The Asia Foundation’s Elizabeth Silva, Barbara Rodriguez and Eileen Pennington.

The Asia Foundation has transformed thousands of lives through evidence-based programs that focus on expanding women’s economic opportunities, increasing women’s rights and security, and advancing women’s political participation. The Foundation practices an integrated approach that promotes gender equality across all programs.

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