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Title: EMBASSY VIENNA ENGAGEMENT ON WOMEN'S ISSUES

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10VIENNA482010-01-11 12:47:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vienna
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SUBJECT: EMBASSY VIENNA ENGAGEMENT ON WOMEN'S ISSUES 
 
REF: 09 STATE 124579 
 
¶1. The following is Embassy Vienna's response to reftel request for 
information on engagement on women's issues. 
 
¶2. The Embassy engages on a diverse range of women's issues in 
Austria, including trafficking in persons, the empowerment of Muslim 
women, and women's access to the labor market.   Success stories 
include the International Visitors' Program, which has sent numerous 
women leaders identified by the embassy to the U.S., as well as a 
conference on trafficking and another for women business leaders. 
The Embassy also engages GOA leaders on matters of common interest 
regarding women's issues. 
 
¶3. The Embassy works with GOA officials to combat trafficking in 
persons in Austria, which is both a transit and destination country. 
  In drafting the trafficking in persons report for Austria, Post 
works with GOA officials across ministries as well as Austria's Task 
Force on Trafficking.  In January, the U.S. Department of Homeland 
Security will co-host with the Austrian Ministry of Interior a 
workshop to promote greater cooperation in Southeast Europe against 
trafficking.  In spring 2008 the Embassy hosted a program 
highlighting trafficking issues in Austria, and in 2009 the Embassy 
sent an NGO leader active on trafficking issues facing African women 
in Austria on a young leaders IV program.  The Embassy also has 
contact with the anti-trafficking agency UN.GIFT, and the Vienna 
branch of the International Organization for Migration. 
 
¶4.  Another priority for the Embassy is the empowerment of Muslim 
women.  In 2007 the Embassy sponsored a conference with the group 
Women Without Borders, uniting women of different faiths.  In 2009 
the Embassy held an event with the women's organization Fatima 
attended by Economics Ministry State Secretary Christine Marek. 
Fatima is dedicated to helping young women enter the labor market. 
In February, the Embassy will arrange a speaking engagement by the 
only female publisher in Yemen. 
 
¶5.  The Embassy engages with Austrian officials on global issues of 
common interest.  Austria, as a non-permanent member of the UN 
Security Council, supported a September 2009 U.S. resolution to 
protect women in conflict zones.  The Embassy also assisted the 
Minister for Women's Affairs in planning for her visit to the March 
UN conference commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Beijing 
Women's Conference. 
 
¶6.  The Embassy is looking for new ways to be involved in women's 
issues, through engagement with government officials and interaction 
with the public through the use of programs or new media.   The 
Embassy is planning a DVC for its annual commemoration of 
International Women's Day to include a representative from the State 
Department Office of Global Women's Issues.  The Embassy hosted a 
roundtable with the Austrian Labor Chamber on women's issues in 2007 
and may hold similar events with other women leaders in the future. 
 
 
EACHO