Indian American Geeta Rao Gupta has been confirmed by the US Senate as the Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues in the State Department.
President Joe Biden’s pick for the role, Gupta was confirmed by 51 to 47 votes earlier this week. The State Department tweeted Friday it “looks forward to her efforts to promote women and girls’ rights through US foreign policy.”
Prior to her confirmation, Gupta has 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.
The department in a tweet said it is looking forward to her efforts to promote women and girls’ rights through US foreign policy. According to Gupta, there are many inequities and indignities that women suffer around the world, which hold them back from participating fully in the economy.
“They are subject to threats to their safety and have a fear of violence even on a daily basis, and that determines their mobility.
Geeta Rao said, during her confirmation hearing last year, “In situations of conflict and emergencies and humanitarian crises they are particularly vulnerable, both in terms of their safety but also in terms of their being able to look after their families and feed their families.”