Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh attended a dinner in celebration of Women Ambassadors organized by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security on October 14, 2013, in Washington, DC.
The event, hosted by the Honorable Melanne Verveer, Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues (2009-2013), and John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University, was held at Georgetown’s historic Riggs Library.
The dinner was attended by a distinguished group of women ambassadors and held in the company of Washington’s women leaders, including former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Attending the dinner were 15 of the 29 female ambassadors currently serving in Washington.
The women leaders discussed topics ranging from women’s empowerment to peace, security and the global economy. Throughout the evening, attendees reflected on their personal experiences in public service and paths to positions of leadership.
Covering the dinner, the Washington Post noted the growing power of women diplomats in Washington. Reflecting on the dinner’s all-female guest list, Georgetown president John DeGioia said, “Two decades ago, a gathering like this would not have been possible.”