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As part of the 2017 International Women's Day, a call for nominations was launched in February 2017 to recognize Geneva-based individuals’ commitment and contribution to the advancement and support of gender equality and women's empowerment in the field of environment. An exhibition celebrating their achievements was launched on 8 March 2017, at the International Environment House.

Ambassador Pamela K. Hamamoto served as Permanent Representative of the United States Mission in Geneva from June 2014 until January 2017, leading the U.S. Mission’s engagement on a diverse range of issues, including gender equality and women’s empowerment, and climate change and the environment. In 2015, she launched The Future She Deserves, a cross-cutting initiative driving collaboration and creative problem-solving in the areas of gender-based violence, adolescent girls’ health, economic empowerment, and increased leadership opportunities. She co-founded Geneva Gender Champions, a leadership network uniting key decision-makers to advance gender equality. Pamela began her career working as a civil engineer in the clean energy sector and as a strategic advisor in the telecommunications industry. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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