Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff to join US, Swedish and Romanian leaders in discussing the importance of advancing women’s equal political participation ahead of Biden’s second Summit for Democracy


WHAT: Ahead of the second Summit for Democracy, Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will deliver remarks discussing the importance of advancing full and meaningful political participation and leadership of women and girls and the incorporation of gender equality across democracy-building policies and initiatives. The event at Georgetown University will also spotlight a new USAID initiative to accelerate women’s political participation – the “Network for Gender-Inclusive Democracy” –  as well as efforts by the US Department of State to advance the Presidential Initiatives for Democratic Reform by integrating women into peace building efforts in particularly vulnerable regions around the world. The high-level event will include Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström. It is hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the governments of Sweden and Romania, and International IDEA who together have formed a Cohort on Gender Equality as a Prerequisite for Democracy.


  • Douglas Emhoff, Second Gentleman of the United States
  • Tobias Billström, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Jamille Bigio, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID
  • Katrina “Kat” Fotovat, Senior Official to the Secretary of State in the Office of Global Women’s Issues, US Department of State
  • Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA; former Vice President of Costa Rica
  • Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy in Ukraine
  • Ikram Ben Said, Founder, Aswat Nissa, Tunisia
  • Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

WHEN:  Friday, March 24, 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

WHERE:  In Person: Georgetown University, Riggs Library, 37th & O Streets NW, Washington DC. The event will also be livestreamed on the GIWPS Facebook page

RSVP:  Media who are interested in attending in person must RSVP by emailing Sarah Rutherford at  Please indicate if you are requesting a camera position. You will receive a detailed confirmation email with more logistical details. A livestream of the event will be available.




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