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Secretary Clinton’s Message for the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

March 7, 2011

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March 8th is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. And, as many of you know, this anniversary is important to me. At the 1995 Beijing conference, I was so humbled by the positive response to my message that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights. But 16 years later, women still bear the brunt of poverty, war, disease, and famine. And when it comes to the boardroom meetings, government sessions, peace negotiations, and other assemblies where crucial decisions are made in the world, women are too often absent.

It is clear that more work needs to be done—to consolidate our gains and to keep momentum moving forward.

The United States continues to make women a cornerstone of our foreign policy. It’s not just the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing. Women and girls drive our economies. They build peace and prosperity. Investing in them means investing in global economic progress, political stability, and greater prosperity for everyone—the world over.

So let us mark this day by finding ways to ensure women and girls’ access to education, healthcare, jobs, and credit, and to protect their right to live free from violence.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tovah permalink
    March 7, 2011 1:45 pm

    Good, I am betting she’ll do quite a few events for women’s history month, don’t you think?

  2. Thain permalink
    March 7, 2011 1:50 pm

    Very cool. I’ll bet she’ll be very visible on these issues this month- not that she isn’t at other times.

    OT: Shouldn’t we be a bit concerned about this?

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/03/04/morrell/index.html

    I’ll be honest, I don’t trust the Pentagon. They seem to lie a lot, you know in the name of “national security.”

    • March 7, 2011 2:03 pm

      Yes, it’s very troubling. Having to spend upwards of 7 hours a day naked, being kept in solitary and shackled seems to be clearly retribution on the part of the govt. After Abu Ghraib we were told that was an isolated insolent. It turns out it was NOT isolated and that it was happening in quite a few military prisons including Tor and allegations of abuse at Guantanamo to name just a couple. I’m not saying Manning’s treatment is Abu Ghraib but I’m very skeptical of how these military prisons are being run. If this is how we treat an American can you imagine how we treat suspected terrorists? They operative word being “suspected.”

      Of course, we had the revelation a while back that the CIA folks who tortured some to death only to find they had the wrong person (is there a right person to torture to death or torture at all?) were not only not reprimanded or fired but got PROMOTIONS. I worry about our country. I think the war on terror has been used as an excuse to do terrible things. The reality is there are people out there who love power and love to abuse it.

      As for WikiLeaks- an interesting article saying the way the govt can protect another WikiLeaks from happening is LESS secrecy, not more. Kind of like when Hillary Clinton says the anecdote for offensive speech is not censorship, but MORE speech. I do think there are certainly very good reasons for classifying information and keeping things secret but I think it’s being abused. I don’t like the idea of secret govt groups and programs operating within our govt- it seems undemocratic. The danger is that pretty much anything can be justified under the guise of national security and responsible leaders, like Hillary Clinton for example, have to ensure that the national security rationale isn’t abused to hide information that We the People have a right to know about in order to make informed decisions or information that might cause us to not support certain policies or countries.

      Look at the Palestine Papers- we’ve been told that the Palestinians are always unwilling to concede anything and that only Israel is asked to make tough choices. Wrong! Why do we have that perception? Why has the media (and the govt?) been pushing that version of events?

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