Ambassador Russell Travels to Colombia and Peru

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 27, 2016

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell is on travel to Colombia and Peru from June 27 – July 1.

Starting her trip in Colombia, Ambassador Russell will meet with government officials, members of civil society, entrepreneurs, journalists, and beneficiaries of programs funded by the Department. Her meetings will focus on women’s roles in creating a sustainable and lasting peace in Colombia. Following the June 23 announcements of historic breakthroughs in Colombia’s peace process, Ambassador Russell’s trip highlights the importance of women in peace and security.

On June 29, the Ambassador will travel to Peru to lead the U.S. delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Forum, which will focus on breaking barriers to integration of women in the global market. Ambassador Russell will deliver the U.S. statement at the High Level Policy Dialogue.

On the sidelines of the APEC meetings, Ambassador Russell will meet with Peruvian girls who will attend a WiSci camp sponsored by the State Department next month. She will also discuss women’s participation in the economy with members of Peruvian civil society, as well as entrepreneurs and business leaders.

For more information on this trip, follow @AmbCathyRussell on Twitter. For more information on the State Department’s work on global women’s issues, visit