Washington, DC - Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell will travel to Manila, Philippines September 14 – 18 to lead the U.S. delegation to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings on women and the economy.

While in the Philippines, Ambassador Russell will launch several U.S.-led initiatives that will empower women to play larger roles in the APEC economies. The initiatives will focus on entrepreneurship, health, and sharing best practices between economies.

In addition to leading the delegation, Ambassador Russell will also meet with government officials, members of Filipino civil society, and young women to discuss gender equality in the Philippines and the APEC economies more broadly.