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Public-private tie-up key to empowering women in India: U.S. official

Katrina Fotovat eyes efforts to bring more females into science and technology studies

Students in Chandigarh, India. The U.S. State Department has launched economic empowerment alliances for women in India and Pakistan, as well as for Afghan women who have fled their country.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Public-private partnerships have been crucial in promoting women's economic empowerment in India, and the U.S. is working with New Delhi to expand the effort across the Group of 20 nations, a senior American official told Nikkei Asia in a recent interview.

"Both the United States and India are prioritizing women's economic empowerment across the board for all of the various areas of the G-20," Katrina "Kat" Fotovat, the senior official to the secretary of state in the Office of Global Women's Issues, told Nikkei on the sideline of the first U.S.-India Alliance for Women's Economic Empowerment Shatter Summit.

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