DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Fifth Annual Women’s Conference (March 27)
Q-n about the event
Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth Rood: The United States is very happy to attend and support the Fifth Annual Awards for Women who are making extraordinary achievements in leadership, in government, entrepreneurship, business, and the economy. It is very important that the United States and Georgia’s partners support Georgia in economic growth, and it’s only when women achieve full equality and are able to make their full contribution to Georgia’s business and government, that Georgia will achieve its own full potential in sustainable economic growth.
Q-n: what are the main challenges for women in Georgia?
Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth Rood: There are structural challenges to women’s full participation in government and in the economy. And, women are not yet represented equally on the business stage or in government, not in parliament. That is not only true in Georgia, it’s true in the United States as well. And so, through support to women in business and government, and in education, we can help to remove those structural barriers so that women can achieve their full potential.
Q-n: is embassy planning to continue supporting women?
Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth Rood: Yes, through USAID’s economic growth programs we will continue our support to women in small business, women entrepreneurs, and women in leadership positions in the economy.