Media Advisory: Greta Van Susteren and Isatou Touray to receive award


On Thursday, March 2, the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) will recognize Greta Van Susteren and Dr. Isatou Touray at its annual “Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Luncheon” honoring women leaders. Recently dubbed one of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes for the sixth consecutive year, Van Susteren is a veteran journalist and attorney who covered breaking news for outlets including CNN and Fox News before joining MSNBC in 2017. Former White House aide Anita McBride will join Van Susteren for a discussion following the award presentation. 

WDN will also honor Gambian leader Dr. Isatou Touray for her work advancing women’s rights. Dr. Touray was recently appointed Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment under the democratically-elected president of The Gambia Adama Barrow. As Executive Director of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, Touray has led the fight against discrimination, forced marriages, and female genital mutilation.

This event is open to media. Please contact Julia Sibley at to register.

What: A luncheon honoring journalist Greta Van Susteren and Gambian political leader Dr. Isatou Touray.

Who: Greta Van Susteren: Host of “For the Record,” MSNBC
Dr. Isatou Touray: Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment
Anita McBride: Senior Advisor, the George W. Bush Institute; Executive in Residence, American University’s School of Public Affairs

Where: The National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

When: Thursday, March 2, 12:00 pm (media are asked to check-in by 11:45 am)

About the Women’s Democracy Network
Established by the International Republican Institute in 2006, the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) believes that a full and robust democracy depends on the equal participation of women. WDN empowers women around the world to participate in the political process and help them gain the skills needed to take on greater leadership roles in government, political parties and civil society. WDN connects aspiring and accomplished women leaders across the globe, creating forums for sharing ideas and experiences, providing technical training and resource materials.

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