Posts tagged ‘women’s rights’

“Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue” @mverveer #hwhtw

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer has penned a brilliant and compelling piece on women for Foreign Policy.  A must-read!

Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue

The most pressing global problems simply won’t be solved without the participation of women. Seriously, guys.

On a trip to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, not long after my appointment as the U.S. State Department’s ambassador at large for global women’s issues, I stopped for dinner with a group of Afghan women activists in Kabul. One woman opened our conversation with a plea: “Please don’t see us as victims, but look to us as the leaders we are.”

Those words have stuck with me as President Barack Obama’s administration has endeavored to put women at the heart of its foreign policy. For generations, the United States too often viewed the world’s women as victims of poverty and illiteracy, of violence and seemingly unbreakable cultural traditions — essentially, as beneficiaries of aid. Women’s issues existed on the margins, segregated from the more “strategic” issues of war, peace, and economic stability. Now, in a time of transformative change — from the rise of new economic powers to a growing chorus of voices against repressive regimes in the Arab world — promoting the status of women is not just a moral imperative but a strategic one; it’s essential to economic prosperity and to global peace and security. It is, in other words, a strategy for a smarter foreign policy.

Read the full article: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_women_are_a_foreign_policy_issue

April 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm 2 comments

Secretary Clinton: “It’s about the example we set… around the world.” @mitchellreports #HillaryClinton #hwhtw

Andrea Mitchell of NBC News interviewed Secretary Clinton in Turkey over the weekend.  Sec. Clinton shared her view of America’s role in empowering women at home and abroad.

QUESTION: Many women during this period and – or campaign feel that their basic rights are under attack. Women really feel besieged on all sides. They call me, they write to me, you see it yourself. And I was at the Women in the World Conference when you said this: “They want to control how we act. They even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and our own bodies. Yes, it is hard to believe that even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and we have to reject efforts to marginalize any one of us because America has to set an example for the entire world.”

SECRETARY CLINTON: Right.

QUESTION: What is happening in this political campaign?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I see it now from the perspective of having traveled so extensively, and we know that where women are marginalized, where they’re demeaned, where their rights are denied, there is the likelihood you will have less democracy, more poverty, greater extremism. The United States is the model. There’s been no place better to be a woman than in 21st century America. So we cannot allow any voices to be given credibility that would undermine the advances that women have made in our country. And I wanted to point out that it’s not only about American women, which of course is our first and foremost concern, but it’s about the example we set, the message we send to women around the world.

QUESTION: When Meryl Streep introduced you at that same conference, she said of you, “It is not a simple job to be a role model; it’s an enormous burden. But that’s what we ask of her.” Are you willing to take that on?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I don’t think of myself that way, but I know that I am considered that in the eyes of many people, and it’s a great honor. It is a burden.

QUESTION: The most popular woman in the world for 10 years in a row.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, that – it is a great honor, but it also carries with it a lot of responsibility, which I take very seriously. I feel such a great privilege representing my country, and in the role of Secretary of State, dealing with all of the front burner issues like the two we just talked about, Syria and Iran, but also continuing to advocate for the long-term changes like the fulfillment of women’s rights as unfinished business in this century, which is good for America and good for the world…

Read the interview here: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/04/187338.htm

And watch it here: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/mitchell-reports/46928562/

April 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm 1 comment

Got Something to Say About Women? @NCRWorg #hwhtw

Then apply to lead a session at the National Council for Research on Women’s annual conference, June 20-22 at Georgetown University!

“The National Council for Research on Women invites professionals and students working on key research, policy, and advocacy issues relating to women, domestically or globally, to submit proposals to participate in breakout and poster sessions during the Conference. We encourage proposals that focus on advancing women’s leadership and strengthening economic security for low-income women as well as global women’s issues, such as human rights agendas and preventing violence against women, including research studies, economic analyses, and case studies. We welcome sessions and topics that include a gender, class, and race lens. Proposals must be submitted via email by 5 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to: contact@ncrw.org.”

For more information on submitting a proposal for a breakout session or a poster session: http://www.ncrw.org/sites/ncrw.org/files/NCRW%20CALL%20FOR%20PROPOSALS%20rev%206.pdf

For general info on the NCRW annual conference: http://www.ncrw.org/events/2012/06/20/ncrw-annual-conference-2012-strengthening-womens-economic-security-and-leadership

April 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: “Speak Up for Women Worldwide – Call Congress on March 20, 2012” @USNC_UNWomen @MaggieSchmitz #hwhtw #USNCCall

An urgent appeal from USNC-UN Women: call your representatives today to support U.S. funding for UN Women!

Speak Up for Women Worldwide – join USNC-UN Women on Tuesday, March 20th, in letting Congress know that more financial support is needed for UN Women!

Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, strengthens democracies, and increases the likelihood for sustainable peace.  As a symbol of the growing recognition of the role that women play in overall development, UN Women was created in 2010 to be the global champion for women and girls both. Its innovative and groundbreaking programs work from the bottom up and from the top down to ensure that not only do legal and constitutional frameworks spell out women’s rights but that these rights are realized and enforced.

UN Women is making an incredible difference with limited resources but the US can give more.  President Obama requested $7.5 million dollars for UN Women in the budget. While we all understand the tremendous requests for funding, UN Women is asking for a modest increase to $10 million dollars for FY 2013.  Every dollar given to UN Women is maximized locally in developing countries through education and violence prevention projects and economic empowerment programs.  Click here for instructions and a script for making a call to your elected representative.  In doing so, you will be joining the growing chorus of Americans who support women’s rights.

Investing in women is not only the smart thing to do but the right thing to do.  Thank you very much for your support.

Sincerely,

Maggie Forster Schmitz

President, U.S. National Committee for UN Women

March 20, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

We Did It: $50K for Tahirih Justice Center!

Thanks to everyone who voted  for Layli Miller-Muro of Tahirih Justice Center for the DVF People’s Voice Award (see Be the Change: Help Tahirih Win $50K!) – she won!  Here’s a message of thanks from Layli:

“You helped us raise $50,000 for courageous women and children fleeing human rights abuses! That’s right, because of your votes, we won the DVF People’s Voice Award. As the awardee, I’m invited to share Tahirih’s work with the attendees at the DVF Award Ceremony at the Women in the World Summit on March 9, 2012, where Oprah Winfrey and others will be attending, creating another wonderful opportunity to share Tahirih’s work with a wider audience.

“Thank YOU for spreading the word. You voted, asked friends and family to vote, and voiced your support over Twitter and Facebook to let everyone know that Tahirih should win this award. This recognition is entirely due to your efforts. Thank you for your incredible outpouring of support and passionate commitment to ending violence against women!”

March 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm 1 comment

Save the Date: U.S. National Committee for UN Women 2012 National Conference in DC @USNC_UNWomen #hwhtw

SAVE THE DATES: June 1-2, 2012

U.S. National Committee for UN Women’s  2012 National Conference & Member Meeting in Washington, DC!

Women Lead: Politics, Civil Society, and Peacebuilding Worldwide 

June 1     Congressional Education Day

June 2     Conference & Member Meeting

George Washington University

Marvin Center

800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

Watch USNC-UNW’s Twitter feed for details about the agenda, registration, and distinguished speakers and panelists: https://twitter.com/#!/USNC_UNWomen

To read posts about past USNC-UN Women (formerly known as UNIFEM) conferences, click here: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/tag/unifemusnc/

February 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm 1 comment

Be the Change: Help Tahirih Win $50K!

Today is the last day to vote in the DVF Awards, “created in 2010 by Diane von Furstenberg and The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women.”  Layli Miller-Muro of Tahirih Justice Center is one of the 4 candidates for this year’s People’s Voice Award, with a prize of $50,000.  Click here to vote!

Learn more: http://www.dvfawards.com/#

February 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm 1 comment

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