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U.S. Ambassador for Global Women's Issues Speaks at Annual Ginsburg Lecture

Margaret Marshall

On December 15th, the City Bar hosted its Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law, with keynote speaker Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

Justice Ginsburg introduced Ambassador Verveer, whose speech centered on strategies for reducing violence and discrimination against women worldwide. Citing then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s 1995 Beijing speech before the U.N. Conference on the Status of Women, Verveer described how advancing the status of women globally is not just an issue of gender equality, but of human dignity.

“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights,” said Verveer, quoting Clinton’s speech.

You can read Ambassador Verveer's speech here.

Verveer served as Chief of Staff to First Lady Clinton before co-founding Vital Voices, a global nonprofit promoting women’s leadership worldwide. As Ambassador-at-Large, Verveer coordinates foreign policy involving the political, economic, and social advancement of women worldwide.

The Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture series was created in 2000 to honor Justice Ginsburg, a native New Yorker and trailblazer for the advancement of women’s rights through her achievements as a lawyer, professor, and judge.