MBTV, Top TV and Radio Congo reported on 29 October on the signing ceremony at the US embassy in Brazzaville of a USD200,000 US-sponsored UNFPA programme on women's rights. The programme will prepare indigenous women and support Congolese women’s participation in the 2012 legislative and 2013 local elections, in the context of the soon-to-be adopted draft gender parity law and recently adopted indigenous rights protection law. UNFPA Representative David Lawson saluted the first ever such cooperation between UNFPA and the USA in Congo. He said, "I am convinced that the conjunction of US diplomacy and UNFPA strategy to put women's rights and gender equality at the center of all our actions will foster the Government commitment to accelerate the betterment of the status of women in Congo. US ambassador Christopher Murray said "It is the efforts of all combined, Government, civil society and development partners that will enhance women's participation in the elective process and foster democracy in Congo."