United Nations and Georgetown to Celebrate Congressional Women Leaders in Foreign Policy

Senator Shaheen, Senator Capito, Representative Frankel, Representative Brooks will receive awards


March 5, 2019–Washington, DC–UN Women, the United Nations Foundation, and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security will celebrate Congressional women leaders in foreign policy at a reception this evening.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Representative Lois Frankel (D-FL-21) and Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN-05) will be honored for their bipartisan efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in U.S. foreign policy.

Leading women policymakers, diplomats, and business leaders will join the reception, which is intended to galvanize support for women and girls’ issues in the 116th Congress.

Thanks to bipartisan congressional support, the Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017; the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act; the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018; and the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act were all passed in the 115th Congress.

The event will be hosted by:

  • United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
  • Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security & Former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer
  • President and CEO of UN Foundation Kathy Calvin


UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

The United Nations Foundation acts as a strategic partner to help the United Nations mobilize the ideas, people, and resources it needs to deliver and to grow a diverse and durable constituency for collective action. We focus on issues at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, build initiatives across sectors to solve problems at scale, and engage citizens who seek action. Founded in 1998 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner, the UN Foundation works with philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual partners.

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security seeks to promote a more stable, peaceful, and just world by focusing on the important role women play in preventing conflict and building peace, growing economies, and addressing global threats. We engage in rigorous research, host global convenings, and nurture the next generation of leaders at Georgetown.


Media Contacts

Georgetown: Sarah Rutherford, Sarah.rutherford@georgetown.edu

UN Women: media.team@unwomen.org

UN Foundation: Erika Briceno Howard, ebriceno@unfoundation.org