President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton are recognizing the women of the hemisphere whose challenges and triumphs are honored with today’s celebration - Day of the Women of the Americas.
Women in the Americas are working to promote strong and vibrant democracies, advance the region’s commitment to the rule of law, and uphold fundamental human rights and freedoms. They are cabinet officials and heads of government. They serve in executive positions in the largest private sector entities in the hemisphere. Women in the Americas are strengthening our societies, communities, and families, and building a brighter future for all the people of the region.
Far too often and in too many places in the region, violence against women runs rampant. Some women, especially poor and less educated, live with the threat of being trafficked into modern-day slavery. In order to combat these challenges nations are committing to better training law enforcement, improved support for families, and greater equity in our legal and judicial systems.
A key player in tackling these challenges is the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM). As the principal Inter-American forum for generating policies to advance the cause of women and promote gender equality, their role in ending this scourge is invaluable, and we look forward to strengthening and deepening this partnership to ensure women’s rights.
According to Secretary Clinton:
“The United States remains committed to working with our partners across the Americas to create new opportunities for women, and address the obstacles that still stand in the way of equality and progress. We must recommit ourselves to the cause of empowering our mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, and friends, and ensuring that in every country, every region and in every continent we speak with clarity that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”