Lower Mekong Initiatives – Women’s Policy Dialogue

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Attention: Mu Sochua

Member of Parliament

Dear Ms. Mu:
The U.S. Government and the Ministry of Womens Affairs of the Royal Government of Cambodia would like to invite you to participate in the first-ever Policy Dialogue on Gender Equality and Womens Empowerment in the Lower Mekong region in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on July 12-13, 2012.
As part of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), this two-day policy dialogue aims to share best practices to empower women and girls in the region through policies and programs, and to ensure that gender equality is fully-integrated into the four pillars of the LMI: education, public health, environmental issues, and infrastructure development. Women are both key beneficiaries of and vital actors in efforts to advance these pillars. If progress i n these four areas is to be significant and sustainable, the voices of the women of this region must be heard, their relevant concerns fully addressed, and their talents fully utilized.
We will bring together senior government officials, multilateral development bank and NGO representatives, private sector leade rs, and the five LMI partner countries most prominent and effective advocates for women and girls. We are also inviting representatives of the Friends of Lower Mekong (FLM) countries.
The policy dialogue will highlight key programming in the region, identify policy and funding gaps, and ensure continued collaboration on promoting gender equality and advancing the status of women and girls. In addition to focusing on the four LMI pillars, we will also be fostering dialogue on several cross-cutting regional issues: Women Economic Empowerment, Expanding Womens Political Participation and Leadership, Addressing Gender- Based Violence, and Public-Pr ivate Partnerships. Most of all, we hope that the dialogue will provide Lower Mekong delegates an opportunity to strengthen linkages between each other and the international community, including the FLMs, in efforts to promote the role of women in the development of their countrie s.
Attached please find a notional schedule regarding the conference and please do not hesitate to contact the U.S. Department of State at LMI_Women if you have any dialogue related questions.

For logistical inquiries, please contact Mr. Justin Parker, Chief Executive Officer of O Republicca at Justin; +855(0)886666699; Ms. Long Sophally, Director of International Cooperation Department at longsophally; +855 12 592 614 +855 12 592 614 +855 12 592 614 +855 12 592 614 ; or Mr. Lim Sambath, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department at sambathlim; +855 16 573 636 +855 16 573 636 +855 16 573 636 +855 16 573 636 .

We very much hope that you will be able to join us in Siem Reap this summer.
Sincerely,

Melanne Verveer H.E. Dr. Ing Kantha Pavi
U.S. Ambassador-at-large
for Global Womens Issues
Minister
Cambodia Ministry of Womens Affairs
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