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United Nations Millenium Goal Number 3:  Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Click on the photo to listen to Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton speak to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women March 12, 2010

Excerpts from the speech:

“Today, more girls are in school. More women hold jobs and serve in public office. And as women have gained the chance to work, learn, and participate in their societies, their economic, political, and social contributions have multiplied…But the progress we have made in the past 15 years is by no means the end of the story.”

 “Women are still the majority of the world’s poor, the uneducated, the unhealthy, the unfed. In too many places, women are treated not as full and equal human beings with their own rights and aspirations, but as lesser creatures undeserving of the treatment and respect accorded to their husbands, their fathers, and their sons.”

“Women are the majority of the world’s farmers, but are often forbidden from owning the land they tend to every day…”

 “Women care for the world’s sick, but women and girls are less likely to get treatment when they are sick.”

 “Women raise the world’s children, but too often receive inadequate care when they give birth. And as a result, childbirth remains a leading cause of death and injury to women worldwide.”

 “Women rarely cause armed conflicts, but they always suffer their consequences. And when warring sides sit at one table to negotiate peace, women are often excluded, even though it is their future and their children’s future that is being decided.”

 “Though many countries have passed laws to deter violence against women, it remains a global pandemic. Women and girls are bought and sold to settle debts and resolve disputes. They are raped as both a tactic and a prize of armed conflict. They are beaten as punishment for disobedience and as a warning to other women who might assert their rights. And millions of women and girls are enslaved in brothels, forced to work as prostitutes, while police officers pocket bribes and look the other way.”