Dr. Diana Putman to speak, October 21, 2013

Through the Eyes of Women: Working for a Better Congo

Dr. Diana Putman
USAID Mission Director of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

October 21, 2013
Room 200, Rockefeller Hall
7:00 p.m.

Dr. Diana Putman oversees a $306 million program that focuses on bolstering peace and stability, protecting civilians, strengthening governance institutions, and supporting economic recovery, growth and social services, including health and education. A career Foreign Service Officer, she has lived in Africa for over 20 years, with extensive experience in international development in the region. Since August 2008 she has served as the humanitarian branch chief at the U.S. Africa [Military] Command.

Her talk will focus on the role of Congolese women in this huge, conflict-ridden country. While Congolese women have been seriously disadvantaged by traditional and religious gender stereotypes, as well as a restrictive legal code, they display an astounding dynamism. Dr. Putman will present examples of rural and urban, illiterate and well-educated Congolese women who are striving to create a better future for their country.

Sponsored by VC Africana Studies Department, World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, and Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc.

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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, October 14, 2013