Women’s Empowerment, U.S. Member of Congress, IFES Democracy Award

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1 Feb 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, United States

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) is a renowned advocate for gender equality who also played a key role in the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 after a five-year tenure at the Houston City Council. Over the years, she has served on various Committees including Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and Judiciary. In addition, she co-chairs numerous Congressional Caucuses including those of Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In partnership with IFES, she hosts the bimonthly breakfast series on “Women, Peace and Security.” The series explores current issues affecting women and girls in conflict and illuminates their determination and leadership to find peace. In recognition of her work, Congresswoman Jackson-Lee received IFES’ 2016 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award.

In this video interview, Congresswoman Jackson-Lee discusses the role IFES plays in empowering women around the world and gives advice for women and girls seeking to become leaders.