RAIPUR, India, February 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Kiranmayee Nayak, the dynamic Mayor of Raipur, has been invited by the US Department of State for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled, "Women as Political and Economic Leaders" from the 4th till the 22nd of March. IVLP is one of the most prestigious professional exchange programs for international opinion leaders and Mrs Kiranmayee Nayak is the only woman leader to represent India in this session.
During this visit, Ms Nayak would look into the US political landscape and understand the US foreign policy with respect to women. She would illustrate equal access to education and work and their significance to women based on her experience. During the course of her 3-week tour, she would discuss how women and other underprivileged groups have overcome societal barriers to develop businesses in India, based on case studies. She would also demonstrate the role of schools, universities, media, businesses and NGO's in shaping social values and behaviour towards women and their empowerment.
Born in 1966, Ms Kiranmayee Nayak is a lawyer by profession with a doctorate in law and is one of the leading lawyers in Central India. She is a member of the Indian National Congress and is the democratically elected mayor of the Raipur Municipal Corporation. Her contributions in enactment and amendments in laws for dowry are well chronicled. She is a social and legal activist with a firm foot on the ground on social issues.
She will be at Washington DC from the 2nd to the 6th of March where she will discuss federal engagement and initiatives in women's issues and the achievements of US Women's Rights movements. From 6th to 10th of March she will be at Florida , interacting with women entrepreneurs on business development and participating in International Women's Day Activities. From the 10th to 14th of March she will be at Seattle meeting women political leaders. From the 14th to 19th of March she will be at New York to discuss the academic perspectives on women and social justice; and 19th to 23rd March at Washington DC again for finale. There are invitees from other countries as well who will be participating in the IVLP.
Notable among the previous visitors under this program of IVLP are Smt. Pratibha Patil(1999, 1986), Shri KR Narayanan(1969), Shri Morarji Desai (1962), Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1960), Smt Indira Gandhi (1961) and Dr Manmohan Singh (1981).
Ms Kiranmayee Nayak would leave Mumbai for the US on the 1st of March and will come back on 24th March 2013, after sharing her experiences at the Leadership Program.
Each year more than 5,000 international visitors come to the U.S. for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 international visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including over 330 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.
Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities.
There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world. For those who live in the United States, there are many opportunities to get involved at the community level. Visit the website of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) for a list of community organizations in 44 states and information about local activities.
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