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A Single Step: Journeys of Women Leaders

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion and Reception to follow
Carlucci Auditorium
United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
2301 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

The United-States Institute of Peace (USIP) and Voice of America will host a screening of Voice of America’s new documentary, A Single Step, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field. The five women profiled in this film are champions and agents of change, making the world a better place in China, Japan, Fiji, India, and Liberia.

Please join us for this 30-minute film, followed by a discussion with a top-flight panel of experts on how to reach out to youth around the world with a message of hope that young people, especially girls, can be involved and active in making positive global change. The panel will also consider progress made since the 1995 Women's Conference in Beijing, the empowerment of girls and women, and what remains to be done.

Opening Remarks By:

John F. Lansing joined the Broadcasting Board of Governors as Chief Executive Officer and Director in September 2015. With an extensive career in broadcasting, Mr. Lansing recently spent 9 years as President of Scripps Networks.

Cathy Russell currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Prior to assuming this position, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden focusing on military families and higher education.


Tara D. Sonenshine was the former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2012 to 2013.


Beth Mendelson is the Senior Executive Producer of A Single Step. She is responsible for documentaries and special programming at the Voice of America. Beth’s 30-year communication career focuses on issue-oriented programming.

Kathleen Kuehnast is the Senior Gender Advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). Her work examines the impact of political and economic transitions on societal gender roles.

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is an author and a consultant to the United Nations on the subject of women and conflict. In 2013, she was named gender adviser to the UN Department of Political Affairs' Standby Team of Mediation Experts. She founded the non-governmental organization International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) in 2006.

Ambassador Melanne Verveer is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

A Single Step Trailer Link:

Please RSVP to Lindsay Damiano at (202)-429-3814 or