The Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, which works to promote stability, peace and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world, is involved in programs such as Global Links to ensure Iraqi women have the necessary skills to participate in post-conflict governance.
Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, has said, "Iraqi women entrepreneurs are a vital source of growth to power the Iraq economy, yet they face tremendous challenges to their full economic participation. The Global Links program is a unique public-private partnership that was designed to meet some of the most pressing needs for Iraqi women seeking to expand entrepreneurship in the country. Combining the power of executive business education, mentorship and hands-on experience shadowing leading entrepreneurs in the United States, the program will help unleash the potential of a professor who is dedicated to helping a new generation of women contribute to the future growth and development of Iraq."
The office, which helped to develop Global Links and vetted the pool of applicants with the assistance of U.S. Embassy Baghdad, will also meet with the candidate during the program.
Dr. Amel Abed Mohammed Ali, professor and head of the Department of Industrial Management in Babylon University's College of Administration & Economics, has been selected as the inaugural Global Links scholar. Among other topics, she specializes in conflict and change management in business, and believes the program will enable her to "develop both the intellectual and economic standard of Iraqi women, as well as the Iraqi community."
The Global Links pilot begins this month and will continue through December. Tupperware expects to continue the program next year and hopes to inspire other universities and countries to use its program as a model for international learning.
Tupperware Brands Corporation and Mr. Goings have been actively involved in the World Economic Forum for many years, participating in sessions ranging from gender parity to global health.