Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has recently launched the “Women in Public Service” initiative, naming public service as “the next frontier.”
She explained that the initiative began after she looked around the room during a White House meeting only to realize she was the only women there. This led her to make a passionate case on the importance of bringing more women into public service.
According to Pandith, Secretary Clinton has embedded the issue of women into all other issues.
“We understand the importance of investing in women - the impact that women have had, in bringing up the next generation, on the way we think about our future.”
Pandith, an American Muslim born in India, is a Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the U.S. Department of State, at which she was previously the Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Pandith’s background, having served many diverse communities, is what drives her to “think outside the box” and see differing perspectives.
She promoted global innovation, and referred to President Obama as an example.
“President Obama was very brave and innovative when he put the engagement of the Muslim community on the table. It's very important to do more to build relationships (…),” she said, conveying the idea that innovation is possible, and increasingly necessary, in every field.
“We are finally seeing more interest in how to invest in a person with an idea, regardless of the entrepreneur's gender or heritage,” she spoke at RealBusiness’s Women of the Future summit this Wednesday where she was the keynote speaker.
“It’s not the government that solves problems; it’s people,” she declared, encouraging the audience to be active contributors to society and take advantage of the evolving scheme of entrepreneurship.
Other goals of the Women in Service Project, as written on their website, are to forge solutions to improve governance, expand civil rights, and combat corruption—through the participation of women in political leadership and public service.