US sending women diplomats to mentor women-led ventures in India

US today, on January 27 has deployed its public diplomacy professionals to mentor women-led, early-stage ventures in India, a top American diplomat has said. Shatter Summit, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said that women succeed, inclusiveness increases, and discrimination declines, and when women thrive, communities are stronger and economies are more resilient.

Empowering girls and women to participate more in the economy will encourage prosperity, enrich society and brace the friendship bonds between the two nations. Sherman said that “We are deploying our public diplomacy professionals to mentor women-led, early-stage ventures in India from an idea on the back of a napkin to a fully-functioning business”. Suggesting that women play a key role in rapid and sustainable growth everywhere and as the study suggests that gender parity could add USD 770 billion to India’s GDP by 2025.

Sherman further said in the event where who’s who of women leaders from both India and the United States were present, “We are helping equip female entrepreneurs, in India and South Asia, with the digital skills needed to compete in the 21st century. And we are supporting women disproportionately impacted by COVID-19”.

“Our belief in this vision of equality and equal opportunity is about more than rhetorical promises we will make to each other at this summit. It is an enduring commitment of our administration”, adding the statement as this is the top agenda in America’s diplomatic engagements.

Sherman said that when she went to different countries to meet the Ukrainian American community, she called out the importance of women and girls in each of those as well. “It is a core priority for the leaders in this room and for our counterparts abroad in the US and Indian governments, in industry and business, in schools and civil society, in aid programs and academia. For us here at the State Department, we have translated that priority into tangible results and made it an integrated part of our daily routine”.

Last month, Secretary of State Tony Blinken rolled out the United States’ first-ever Strategy of Global Women’s Economic Security, a roadmap for investing in women entrepreneurs, women-owned businesses and start-ups, and women and girls’ training and education.

She added that every market will be better off, every nation will be more stable, and every region will be more secure when the entire population sees the doors of possibility swing wide open for women, girls, and everyone.

“That must remain our vision and our purpose, in the US and India, in the public and private sectors, at this summit and every single day of our lives,” she said. “When women lead, our planet is more prosperous, our people are safer, and our future looks brighter than ever”.

 The secretary joined America’s mayors to highlight the importance of expanding inclusive opportunities for women and minority-owned enterprises because doing this work is essential to growth in our cities just like it is central for India and elsewhere, said the American diplomat.

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