The U.S. Department of State has named Rezani Aziz, a Sri Lankan alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), as State Alumni Member of the Month for her work to promote women’s empowerment in business and local capacity building.
Throughout August, her leadership and achievements will be recognized on the State Alumni website (https://alumni.state.gov), the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ official website for the more than one million alumni who have participated in a Department-sponsored exchange program.
Each month, the Bureau’s Office of Alumni Affairs, which supports alumni as they build on their exchange experiences, confers the award on an outstanding alumnus or alumna.
Aziz was selected in recognition of her work to promote women’s empowerment in business and local capacity building. Her current projects focus on raising awareness of women’s issues and promoting small and medium-sized enterprises.
On her IVLP exchange, Aziz traveled around the United States to learn how business and local associations bring about changes and affect policy. In Sri Lanka, she has worked to increase the role of civil society to mobilize resources and opportunities in order to affect policy for positive impact on society.