In early September, Ambassador Verveer travelled to Japan as a guest of the Japanese government to participate in the World Assembly for Women, and to speak on the issue of women, peace and security. International leaders representing a variety of sectors gathered to discuss ways to make progress on some of the world's most deeply entrenched challenges impacting women and girls. Other speakers included the IMF Managing Director, who spoke on the "Economic Power of Women's Empowerment." Some of the key action steps supported at the assembly include promoting women's active roles in the economy through the support of women-owned businesses and workplace reforms, and addressing global issues impacting women and girls through the strengthening of women's roles in peace and security.
Ambassador Verveer joined U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and other participants from the U.S. for a private meeting with Prime Minister Abe to discuss how Japan can capitalize on the untapped potential of women to boost their economy and strengthen democracy. While in Japan, Ambassador Verveer also spoke at Sophia Univeristy and met with students and faculty and at the Mitsubishi Corporation. She also participated in related meetings and press interviews.