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Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Women’s Economy Empowerment

March 11, 2015 - March 17, 2015

As part of Asia’s economic boom, women make up nearly half of total business owners. In the majority of countries, migration remains a primary means for securing a livelihood, with female migrant workers often equalling or exceeding the number of men on the move. However, many end up in poorly paid jobs with no protections, especially in care and domestic work.

Seven visitors from Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam will be examining the U.S.’s approach to federal, state, and  local government and private sector policies and mechanisms to promote  women-owned businesses. Highlights of the program include a focus on the challenges  and barriers to women entering business, and particular educational and extracurricular activities that encourage interest in finance, economics, and business development.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Ryan Ouellette, International Visitors Program Officer, at or click here.  To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


March 11, 2015
March 17, 2015
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(216) 781-3730
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