• Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, has just released the 2012 Annual Report on the state of the world's efforts to eradicate violence against children.  Ms. Santos Pais and her staff are working with the League's UN Observers in a project to bring awareness of trafficking of minors during major sporting events. 


  • Zaida Arguedas, Deputy Executive Director, speaks about the Role of Women as Activists, March 10, 2012.

  • Over 150 women from different cities in Serbia - all - leaders in different professions convened in Belgrade on March 9, 10 and 11 to discuss how to lead the way for positive change in Serbia. The official opening took place March 9th at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia hosted by the speaker of the National Assembly, Prof. Dr. Slavica Dukic Dejanovic and attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, H. E. Mary Burce Warlick and Elizabeth Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State.

  • On this International Women's Day, we are proud to announce that the League has been chosen to partner with the U.S. Government as its 2012 Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) Initiative NGO partner. "The League is proud to serve as the civil society partner alongside the U.S. and Tunisian governments and the NGO partner in Tunisia to contribute our experience to the themes and agendas that will be discussed in these important meetings," said Elisabeth MacNamara. Read more about this exciting work here.

  • 9th Forum for the Future for North Africa, Levant, and Gulf Countries (BMENA)

    League of Women Voters Will Serve as U.S. NGO Partner in Initiative

    Washington, DC/March 8, 2012 - For the first time since 2004, the United States has assumed the G-8 Presidency for 2012 and, in that role, has co-chair responsibilities for the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) initiative. The G-8 BMENA Initiative is a multilateral effort to promote cooperation between the G-8 and BMENA governments and civil society to advance reform efforts throughout the region. The United States has invited Tunisia to serve as BMENA co-chair, marking the first time that two democracies have led the initiative.

    To assist the government co-chairs in developing themes, agendas, and concrete efforts to promote reform in the MENA region, each country selects an NGO partner. The League has been invited to partner with the United States government as its 2012 BMENA Initiative NGO partner. The role of the League is to organize 10 different preparatory meetings that will take place in seven to eight different countries between March and November and that will culminate with the ministerial meeting in December. The NGO partners coordinate closely with each other and with the co-chair governments in support of BMENA activities.

    "The League is proud to serve as the civil society partner alongside the U.S. and Tunisian governments and the NGO partner in Tunisia to contribute our experience to the themes and agendas that will be discussed in these important meetings," said Elisabeth MacNamara, national League President. "Announcing the beginning of this effort is so fitting as we celebrate International Women's Day today."

    As a nonpartisan political organization that encourages active, informed participation in government and focuses on increasing general understanding of major policy issues through education and advocacy, especially for women voters, the League has been active for almost a century working at all levels of government. The organization boasts more than 800 local and state-level chapters around the country, staffed mainly by committed volunteers. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy, and that belief has shaped the League’s work today.

    In addition to its domestic efforts, the League is also active internationally. In 2011, the League worked with women in Egypt and Tunisia, the United States’ G-8 BMENA co-chair, focused on promoting democracy. The League’s efforts in Tunisia culminated with the formation of a Tunisian League of Women Voters to promote greater informed participation in Tunisia’s newly established democracy.

    BMENA activities are sponsored by the U.S. – Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) at the U.S. Department of State. MEPI is a unique program designed to engage directly with and invest in the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.  MEPI works to create vibrant partnerships with citizens to foster the development of pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies throughout the MENA region.  To do this, MEPI partners with local, regional and international non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academic institutions, and governments. More information about MEPI can be found at: www.mepi.state.gov


    Contact: Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-1331

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  • Over 100 persons overflowed the Hardin Room at Church Center in New York City on Monday, February 27, to attend the League of Women Voters workshop on "Empowering Women Politically to Eradicate Poverty."  Diana Perez spoke eloquently about the slow progress for women in politics in Colombia; Begona Lasagabaster of UN WOMEN spoke about the exciting and difficult mandate UN WOMEN has ahead; and Zaida Arguedas spoke about the need to work strategically and cooperatively at the grassroots level to achiev
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    Good afternoon, good afternoon. Thank you, Melanne for that very kind introduction, and for your extraordinary leadership, in a rather short tenure, you have already improved the lives of women not just in the United States, but of course, around the world. So thank you— for everything that you do each and every day.

    I also want to thank Ambassador DiCarlo for welcoming us here today, of course my dear friend Susan Rice for her extraordinary leadership here at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

  • A small group of distinguished women political leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States met at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, for a roundtable discussion on the dramatic advances achieved by women seeking public office in the past ten years—and the challenges currently facing women in electoral politics. The conference, Women in the Americas: Paths to Political Power, was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the United States, PROLEAD of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Organization of American States Summits of the Americas Secretariat.

  • At a recent presentation by the Special Advisor to Executive Coordinator of UNCSD 2012 Rio+20, the following information was shared:

  • It is extremely important to alert the public about the scourge of child trafficking happening all over the world including in the United States.