• The League and its coalition partners submitted joint testimony to members of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law in support of the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Treaty.

  • Following the success of President Obama’s Forum with Young African Leaders in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2010, the League of Women Voters was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar, to Madagascar in September to lead a series of dialogues and workshops with 32 young leaders.

  • League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to the Senate urging them to ratify the START Treaty which was signed by President Obama and President Medeyev in April 2010.  Lobby Corps members are visiting key Senate offices this month in support of ratification of the START Treaty.

  • League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to the Senate urging them to ratify the START Treaty which was signed by President Obama and President Medvedev in April 2010.  Lobby Corps members are visiting key Senate offices this month in support of ratification of the START Treaty.

  • On August 27, 2010, American Councils in Baku organized a round table discussion and reception to bring together Open World Leadership Center (OWLC) alumni hosted by the League of Women Voters. Event participants were Zaida Arguedas, Deputy Executive Director, Xandra Kayden, former LWVUS Board member, Terry R. Davidson, Public Affairs Officer of the U.S.

  • On August 2010 Kay Maxwell (former president of the League of Women Voters), Xandra Kayden (former board member of the League ) and Zaida Arguedas (the League’s deputy executive director)  traveled to Baku and Ganja, to be part of an international conference entitled "The Role of Women in Electoral Activities." The conference was a multi-country effort led by Dr.

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    League Celebrates 90th Anniversary Around the World

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Women Voters of the U.S. is co-hosting a series of events with valued partners around the world to celebrate its 90th Anniversary.

    For the first event, scheduled for August 9th and 10th in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the League has partnered with Fundación Directorio Legislativo to discuss the importance of strengthening the work of the women’s caucuses with elected women in Argentina.;

    Directorio Legislativo is a nonprofit organization that since 1999 has worked in generating, analyzing, and disseminating legislative information of public interest, promoting transparency and responsibility in Argentina.;

    The program includes presentations by former Argentine Senator, María Cristina Perceval; former senator from Colombia, Cecilia López Montaño, and former congresswoman from Perú, Ana Elena Townsend.

    Representing the League of Women Voters is Zaida Arguedas, Deputy Executive Director and Senior Director of Global Democracy Programs.;

    This event is a follow up to the successful conference Women in the Americas:; Paths to Political Power, held in 2007 and the 2008 publication: A Report Card on Women in Political Leadership.

    The next event will be held in Ganja, Azerbaijan, on August 24 and 25th with former LWVUS president Kay Maxwell and former national board member Xandra Kayden. ;

    Other events are planned to take place in Colombia, Brazil, and Kenya.; The series will conclude in April 2011.

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  • During the post World War II period, the League helped lead the effort to establish the United Nations and to ensure U.S. participation.

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    League of Women Voters Welcomes Fellows from Colombia and Brazil
    Exchange Participants to Engage with Local Legislatures, Members of Congress, State Department Officials


    Washington, D.C.
    – The League of Women Voters begins
    Connecting Future Legislators with Civil Society – Colombia and Brazil, a two-year Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) designed to
    provide young professionals direct exposure to the U.S. political process and promote intercultural exchange and dialogue at the local political level, while strengthening the bonds between citizens in the Americas. The project is funded by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

    “On behalf of the League, I’m pleased to welcome the first nine fellows in our exchange program,” said Mary G. Wilson, national President of the League of Women Voters. “From Colombia—Aura Ines Aguilar, Paulina Estela Guerra, Ingrid Janneth Alarcon, Ximena Poveda, Josefina del Carmen Carcamo, and Monica Andrea Arias; and from Brazil—Rafaela Marchiorato Lupion Mello, Michely Ribeiro da Silva, and Olivia Dias de Araújo. These young women are journalists, psychologists, nurses, economists, attorneys and elected officials—already on their way to the top of their fields back home; it’s an honor to welcome them to the U.S.”

    “Our objective is two-fold: strengthening understanding of legislative processes in the U.S., Colombia, and Brazil, and deepening appreciation of the role civil society plays in the process,” Wilson continued. “The League and our partners on this project—Fundación Mujeres por Colombia, and Espaço Mulher—are committed to building strong relationships among these three countries.”

    A total of 36 fellows will take part in this program during the course of two years.  Participating fellows are 25 to 35 years old and involved in local government in their home countries. The first 9 fellows arrive in Miamion April 7, 2010, for a two-day orientation, followed by a three-week stay with one of five local Leagues: San Diego, CA; Miami, FL; Johnson County, KS; Duluth, MN; and Houston, TX.   

    “Fellows will intern with legislators, mayors, and county commissioners, while also working within hosting Leagues to learn the vital role community organizations play in ensuring an open democratic process,” Wilson concluded. “They will end their month-long stay in Washington, DC, to participate in the 2010 Fellows Congress organized by the U.S. Department of State.  This Congress brings together fellows from South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Nepal and Pakistan."

    Those interested in learning more about Connecting Future Legislators with Civil Society – Colombia and Brazil and its partners should contact Zaida Arguedas (ZArguedas@lwv.org) or Cristina Atencio (CAtencio@lwv.org).

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  • Meeting with Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY)

    The League of Women Voters organized a Study Tour in Washington DC for the newly formed Clean Community Coalition of Southern Armenia.  The tour for five Armenians took place in September 2009 to illustrate through meetings and site visits how trash collection, landfills, and other waste management issues are handled in the United States.  The participants also used this opportunity to deepen their knowledge and hone their advocacy skills.

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