State Representative To Speak About International Women's Issues
April Palmerlee, U.S. Department of State Senior
Coordinator for International Women's Issues, will be on the WIU
campus Thursday, March 28 as the keynote speaker for Women's
Palmerlee will speak at 7:30 p.m.
in the Union Grand Ballroom. The event is open free to the public.
Palmerlee was appointed senior coordinator in January and is responsible
for advancing women's human rights and empowerment as important
elements of U.S foreign policy through public diplomacy, domestic
and international exchange programs and Foreign Service training.
Before joining the state department, Palmerlee
was an executive at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations,
the largest nonpartisan U.S. foreign policy think tank. Since
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Palmerlee also served as project
director of the Council on Foreign Relations Roundtable on Afghanistan.
The group reviewed the current situation, assessed past efforts
and formulated policy recommendations on issues ranging from women's
professional and political participation in a post-Taliban society
to securing internal stability to NGO involvement in relief and
recovery efforts. She has also served as director of communications
for the New York and Washington offices of the council.
Palmerlee is a member of the Women's Foreign
Policy Group, Women in International Security and the National
Association of Female Executives. She is a term member of the
Council on Foreign Relations.
Palmerlee's visit is part of a new initiative
sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the U.S. Department
of State which encourages local leagues to host League Forums
on International Affairs. Additional co-sponsors include WIU's
Affirmative Action Office, Faculty Development, Human Resources,
International Education and Women for International Friendship.
For more information, call 298-2242.