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Hope And Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:08 PM
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Barack Obama's Statement on International Women's Day
Barack Obama's Statement on International Women's Day


By Sarah Ramey - Mar 8th, 2008 at 2:50 pm EST

CHICAGO, IL - Senator Barack Obama released the following statement today on International Women's Day:

This International Women's Day is a chance to reflect on the status of women in our societies, honor the extraordinary women whose courage and determination have shaped our lives, and rededicate ourselves to the ongoing challenges facing girls and women everywhere.

This day is particularly meaningful to me because I've been shaped by the women in my life by a single mother who raised me across two continents, and a grandmother who instilled in me her own Midwestern values; by my sister Maya who grew up in Asia and multi-ethnic Hawaii, and my sister Auma who has lived her life in Africa and Europe; by a paternal grandmother who still lives in rural Kenya without electricity and running water; and by my extraordinary wife Michelle, who continues to make me a better man.

We have to do more for the women in our lives because there is no longer any doubt that equality and opportunity remain out of reach for too many women around the world.

There is no longer any doubt that most girls and women around the world are uneducated or illiterate. A good education is the best way to help ensure that children are healthy and successful, and to strengthen developing economies, which is why we need to invest at least $2 billion a year in a Global Education Fund.

There is no longer any doubt that women do most of the work that goes on in the world, and yet mostly live in poverty and own only a small fraction of the world's property. To help ensure that women are reaping the rewards of economic growth and prosperity, I will double our current spending on foreign aid by the end of my first term as President.

There is no longer any doubt that HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases disproportionately affect women in many parts of the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. This pandemic is a global threat and when I'm President, we'll spend $50 billion over five years to combat it. And I will help launch Health Infrastructure 2020 a global effort to improve global health care and to train health care professionals to serve in the developing world.

There is no longer any doubt that whether it's rape or assault or girls being treated like property and trafficked across borders women are abused in most societies. It's cruel, and it has to stop. That is why I passed legislation in Illinois to protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and it's why I've fought in the Senate to reduce sexual violence and the use of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The United States must lead the world to end these inequities and injustices, and when I'm President, we will. Every night I'm home, Michelle and I tuck two little girls into bed. And the reason I'm in this race is to help build a world where our Sasha and Malia and every girl is loved and safe from violence; where every woman is empowered; and where every person has the chance to reach for his or her dreams.


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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:13 PM
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1. Good statement
I hope he checks out the recommendations of Refugees International on what can be do to help women in refugee situations. This organization sees helping women as a key to help refugees find their lives again.

My Sufi Order has, for decades, sponsored The Hope Project in New Delhi, India, teaching women a trade and helping them establish businesses so that they can support themselves and their families. There are many other organizations that help women as well--hope whoever is in the White House acknowledges their work.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:15 PM
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2. Having worked over 10 years as a senior refugee official I can tell you that the most
important thing about refugees is stop making unneccessary wars that create them. 2,000,000 displaced persons in Iraq.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:44 PM
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3. Oh, that is the prime objective
Sorry if I didn't make that clear.
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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:50 PM
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4. Beautifully said.
That last paragraph made me shiver.
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