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Hillary Rodham Clinton: On the Anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 26, 2010

The U.S. Consulate General of Vancouver has released this opinion piece written by Secretary Clinton because yesterday, November 25th was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:

Ending violence against women is not the work of a day or even a year. It will require concentrated efforts on many fronts with governments, non-profit organizations, and citizen leaders all pulling together. Most importantly, it will require fully tapping the largest and most natural group of allies women have: men.

One in three women around the world will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime. In some countries, that number is as high as 70 percent. Whether it happens behind closed doors or as a public tactic of intimidation, violence against women has consequences for the entire community – men and women alike. When women are abused, businesses close, incomes shrink, families go hungry, and children grow up internalizing beliefs and behaviors that perpetuate the cycle of violence. A community that is unsafe for women is unsafe for everyone. On the other hand, protecting and educating girls contributes to economic growth and helps entire countries prosper.

So men and boys have an interest in ending violence against women. They are also uniquely positioned to help do it. In societies where women are marginalized, men can make the case for nonviolence and gender equality. They can challenge harmful cultural practices that enable gender discrimination. I often say that we need to empower women because no country can make economic progress if it leaves half the population behind. It’s just as true that no country can stop violence against women with the other half of the population sitting on the sidelines.

That’s just an excerpt- definitely go read the whole think at the link above.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2010 11:49 am

    The US needs to back up our words with actions. We have the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) that hasn’t been passed yet, although it’s been introduced multiple times. We also have CEDAW to ratify. That is the convention on the elimination of all discrimination against women. We are in a company of 8 nations, including Iran, Qatar, and Somalia, that have not ratified.

    These bills are not all-powerful. But they are important and also have symbolic meaning.

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    November 26, 2010 12:04 pm

    IVAWA has been sitting in committees for 10 months….

    The CEDAW has been ratified by 186 out of 193 countries (many of them back in the 1980’s). Ratification of the treaty in the US requires 67 Senators to stand together for women and has no financial cost….

  3. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    November 26, 2010 12:24 pm

    I agree, SA. CEDAW and IVAWA are two more pieces of legislative advocacy that represents a MISSED opportunity for the hitherto dominant Democrats in the House and Senate. Although I was (and still am) less optimistic about CEDAW being ratified because it has been traditionally held hostage by all these anti-abortion Republicans and Blue Dogs (and after what happened to the health insurance reform law and Stupak and Nelson, CEDAW would probably end up like the New START), I was hoping that there would be more energy among Democrats in passing IVAWA. But then again, they let the Paycheck Fairness Act languish for two years before making a show of trying to pass it in the lame duck session (and then with full theatrics blame the Republicans for failure to do so). Hillary once said that the Republican Party left her. Well, the Democratic Party has left the women, beginning with the sitting Democratic President.

  4. Tovah permalink
    November 26, 2010 1:33 pm

    The GOP talk of family values doesn’t really include women. It’s a disgrace how this has been politicized and held up do to concerns about *gasp* family planning! The media largely ignores all this though, which is another disgrace.

    OT: I am not trying to start a contentious debate here but I found this article interesting in light of recent discussions- Schumer is worried that some of the Tea Party members of Congress won’t unquestioningly back all financial aid for Israel.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/world/middleeast/26diplo.html?_r=2&hp

    I find it sort of embarrassing how Jewish members of Congress make no secret of the fact that Israel is their top priority. Steve has mentioned this repeatedly. For those of us that are Jewish it could fuel antisemitism down the road if there is the perception that we can’t be objective when it comes to Israel. We have a huge economic crisis and what is Schumer and Cantor’s top concern? Making sure Israel, whose economy is fine, gets as much money as possible. Whenever there is a Jewish candidate for POTUS I worry that he or she is going to be presumed to be an “Israel-Firster” and that could be used against them. The irony is that people like Abe Foxman, who of course is quoted in that article I linked to, make this worse. BTW, since when did the ADL become the Israel Defense League?

  5. December 6, 2010 8:38 am

    Laudable effort. Nothing wrong about what Hillary says. The problem is the one-sidedness.

    Unfortunately, more men are killed, world wide then women. Men are routinely sexually assaulted, gang raped and enslaved in jails world wide, and are genitally mutilated without consent (circumscised).

    More discussion about this here:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights/comments/eh015/hillary_clinton_on_violence_against_girls_women/

  6. June 22, 2013 10:36 am

    she looks great in purple.

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