ENVOY FOR GLOBAL WOMEN’S ISSUES
New York: The US Senate has confirmed Indian-American Dr Geeta Rao Gupta as the Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of Global Women’s Issues in the State Department. President Joe Biden’s pick for the role, Gupta was confirmed by 51 to 47 votes early this week, and is known as a global leader on gender equity and women’s economic security.
Announcing Gupta’s appointment in May, the State Department said it “looks forward to her efforts to promote women and girls’ rights through US foreign policy.” Prior to her confirmation, Gupta worked closely with many UN agencies and programs. She was the former Executive Director of the 3D Program for Girls and Women at the UN Foundation.
Peter Yeo, Senior Vice President for the UN Foundation, said Gupta’s appointment underscores US commitment to gender equity at a time when women’s basic human rights and welfare are at risk around the world.
Gupta also co-convened an international initiative commissioned by UNAIDS to plan the global response to HIV/AIDS over the next 25 years, and was appointed by the Secretary-General to the role of Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF.
“Dr Gupta is a deeply admired leader with extensive experience in the priority areas of the Office of Global Women’s issues,” says Michelle Milford Morse, Vice President of the UN Foundation’s Girls and Women Strategy. “This is a critical role for US global leadership, and Dr Gupta will fulfill it with great distinction.”
With over decades of experience on gender and development, Gupta has also served on an oversight committee for the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, and co-chaired the World Banks’s Global Gender-based Violence Task Force.
In addition, she has served as the President of the International Center for Research on Women, and has numerous awards to her credit, including Harvard University’s 2006 Anne Roe Award and the 2007 Washington Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Award.
She earned a Phd in Social Psychology from the Bangalore University and an M.Phil and M.A. from the University of Delhi in India.