Foreign Policy Institute for State Legislators
The Center launched the Foreign Policy Institute
for State Legislators in 2001 — and it
is the first program in the United States to bring state-level
women policy makers into the world of foreign policy. The Institute’s
intensive curriculum, presented by an expert faculty, prepares
a carefully selected group of women state legislators each
year to understand — and then influence — US foreign
policy as it affects women at home and around the world.
Institute graduates take on a global
vision and leadership for women’s human rights — at
home and abroad. They understand
the connection between the needs of women and girls in their
own communities and their counterparts throughout the world. And
they take action.
Each year, the Center brings women state legislators
to Washington, DC for intensive presentations by a faculty
of top foreign policy and foreign assistance experts — from
national and international women’s human rights organizations,
academia, and the media. The faculty also includes women
leaders from around the world — elected officials, heads of
women’s organizations, and Ambassadors to the United
States. Through contacts with these leaders, Institute participants
learn firsthand how our foreign policy affects women globally.
also meet with senior officials of the US Department of State
and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). And
they spend a day on Capitol Hill where they meet with members
of Congress and their senior staffs.
In its first nine years (2001-2009), the Foreign
Policy Institute has graduated 110 state
legislators from 41 states
The Center convened the 2009 Foreign Policy Institute for State Legislators in Washington, DC, July 12 - 16. Click here to learn more about the program and participants!