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Department of State Ambassador Praises Garima Project in India

Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues initiates full discussion of project successes.

New Delhi, India, September 24, 2010 --( The U.S. Department of State Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Melanne Verveer, recently visited the “Garima” project office in ­­­Delhi. Garima, a USAID-funded initiative implemented by Counterpart International, works closely with civil society and community groups to advocate for improved legal protection for women and girls and increased access to health services.

Ambassador Verveer applauded the project’s achievements and noted that it could be replicated in other countries. She commended the implementing partners and beneficiaries for their ability and willingness to be catalysts for change in a multi-cultural society, and was particularly impressed with program collaboration at various levels of Government. Ambassador Verveer’s association with Garima began when she formally launched the program in Delhi last November.

Speaking with Ambassador Verveer, program beneficiaries reported that the project has made them more knowledgeable about violence against women, and that laws prohibiting prenatal gender selection and child marriage helped them to become more active in the community. Dr. G. Kausalya, Chief Medical Officer, Directorate of Health Services, Government of Delhi, noted that Garima-led training sessions for medical officers are going well and attendees are implementing their new knowledge in area clinics and dispensaries.

Garima (“dignity” in Hindi) operates in Delhi, Karnataka, and Rajasthan. Counterpart International implements Garima in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been working in partnership with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions. Learn more at

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