The United States Reaffirms Commitment to Gender Equality on Women’s Day

As part of the commemoration of Women’s Month, the program “Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Advancement” (POWER) is open for new applications until March 31.   

Quito, March 8, 2023. On Women’s Day, the United States Government highlights and reaffirms its commitment to inclusion and equity. Unleashing the talent of women and girls in all their diversity starts with working to ensure that they have equal access and opportunities across security, economy and politics, science and technology, health, education, and cultural spheres. The United States works with international and local partners in all of these sectors to promote gender equality in Ecuador with programs promoting the inclusion and empowerment of women.   

The United Nations’ theme for Women’s Day 2023 is: “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.” In response, today the U.S. is opening a new call for applications to the Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Advancement (POWER) program, which promotes economic empowerment and the development of women led technology companies. College women across the country who are pursuing a STEM career are eligible, and should apply by March 31 online here.   

“For the United States, women’s empowerment and gender equality are top priorities. Women have a unique and valuable perspective: their voices must be included everywhere decisions are made. Their inclusion and access to opportunities is integral to innovation and the development of a democratic society,” said Debra Hevia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador.   

Gender equity and equality is a longstanding, cornerstone priority for the United States at home and abroad.  We recognize that governments, economies, industries, and communities everywhere are stronger when they encourage and include the full participation of all members of society. 

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