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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Oman: The Role of Women in Mideast Peace

January 12, 2011

A few photos are trickling in and I’ll update this post when there is more news:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at Beit Al-Zubair Museum in Muscat, Oman on January 12, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a group of Omanis during her visit to Beit Al-Zubair Museum in Muscat on January 12, 2011

Secretary Clinton continues to underscore the importance of women in making peace in the region:

MUSCAT, Oman – Women can be a major power in convincing Mideast leaders to agree to a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday as she urged regional leaders to embrace the rising expectations of their skyrocketing youth populations.

At a town hall meeting with civic leaders in the capital of Oman, Clinton said calls from women on both sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland had contributed to a resolution and suggested that a meeting of minds between Arab and Israeli women could provide a similar impetus for peace.

“Women played a major role in pushing the politicians to find some solutions,” she said. “It was very clear that there just couldn’t be a divide when people on both sides were suffering in the same way.”

Clinton stressed that she had no illusions that such a process would be easy or successful, saying, “There is a lot of work that we need to do in this world to try and create this awareness.”

But she said joint demands from women concerned about their families’ futures could “press government and leaders to make the necessary decisions that will lead to sustainable peace.”

Clinton also said that failing to address the concerns and aspirations of Middle Eastern women and youth could have disastrous consequences. She said the region is seeing a “generation larger than anything we have ever seen coming of age” and they need to heard if Arab nations want to succeed in the 21st century.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    January 12, 2011 8:58 am

    I like how she always stresses the important role of women in diplomacy.

    Sadly, when we look at the players in Mideast Peace it seems to be all men not just on the Israeli and Palestinian side but also on the US side. Except for Secy Clinton where are the women? There’s George Mitchell, Dennis Ross, Shapiro etc. but I never see or hear the names of women involved in any of these high level discussions. It’s good that Hillary is involved but I find it interesting that Obama’s Mideast team doesn’t have a lot of women atleast that I know of. We should practice what we preach.

    Stacy- it’s not even 8am and you’ve put up three posts- thank you! Do you have a snow day today, in NY we are getting a lot and I hear in Boston you are getting slammed.

    • January 12, 2011 12:32 pm

      Yes, I am a posting machine this morning ;). Why? SNOW DAY! So in between shoveling I can run in and put up posts – something I don’t always have the luxury of doing while I am at work.

  2. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    January 12, 2011 11:36 am

    Diversity begins at home. More women need to be appointed to high-profile posts at the White House. Very few are part of Obama’s inner circle which has been described as “a bit of a frat house” or “boys club.”

    • Thain permalink
      January 12, 2011 11:44 am

      Yeah, it is a boy’s club. He treats everything like it’s the basketball locker-room. I’m not convinced he respects women enough to bring them into his inner circle in more than a symbolic way and I don’t get that. His national security team has way too much testosterone. Steve is right we should practice what we preach.

      I think if we put women in Palestine and Israel in charge of the peace process instead of those deadbeats bibi and Abbas, we’d have peace in no time. Maybe the women could even be mothers who lost a child in pointless violence related to the conflict. They’d cut through the bullshit in no time.

  3. January 12, 2011 12:45 pm

    We were delight to have chance to meet Honorable Hilary Clinton and speak out to csos in Oman. Would have loved have had chance to ask her what would she advice Omani women aspiring to run in our forthcoimg Shura Council election as she has wealth of experience in elections and campaigning

    • January 12, 2011 12:52 pm

      That’s fantastic- thanks for stopping by and commenting. You actually met with her in Oman?

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