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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 10:34 AM
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Happy International Women's Day!
Edited on Sun Mar-08-09 10:45 AM by Triana
Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

2009 Theme:

Women and men united to end violence against women and girls

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"As tax payers in the U.S. are aghast at upwards of $700 billion dollars going to bail out the financial system, little is said of the fact that this figure is also the approximate annual military budget of the U.S. Global military spending currently exceeds $1,204 billion dollars annually at 2006 prices. The combined budgets of the United Nations entities working on womens issues amounts to approximately 0.005 percent of that.

The World Bank estimates the cost of interventions to promote gender equality under Millennium Development Goal 3 (universal access to education) to be $7-$13 per capita. The worlds military expenditure in 2006? $184 per capita. This is the financial crisis. That investing in weapons and war and creating human insecurity is prioritized over investing in peace, development and gender equality. This is what we should be questioning and working to change as we stand together on International Womens Day. And if the governments and corporations of the world really want to show their support for this day, then ending militarism would be a good place to start."

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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 11:22 AM
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1. Secy of State International Women of Courage
In celebration of International Womens Day, the Department of State announces the recipients of the third annual Secretary of States Award for International Women of Courage. This is the only award within the Department of State that pays tribute to outstanding women leaders worldwide. It recognizes the courage and leadership shown as they struggle for social justice and human rights.
This year, the Secretary of State will pay tribute to honorees representing Afghanistan, Guatemala, Iraq, Malaysia, Niger, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 11:53 AM
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2. This is great! Hillary Clinton is presenting these? I can't think of a more appropriate person
to do it. She should be one of the honorees!
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 10:11 PM
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3. Honoring Women on International Women's Day from Sec. Hillary Clinton
Well I guess this answers my dumb question. Of COURSE she is!
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Women: International Womens Day
Sun, 08 Mar 2009 13:29:21 -0500

International Women's Day
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 8, 2009

On the occasion of International Womens Day 2009, I am proud to honor women around the world who are blazing trails and surmounting obstacles in pursuit of equality and opportunity. Although you may not know their names or recognize their faces, these women advocates are hard at work in every country and on every continent, seeking to fulfill their right to participate fully in the political, economic and cultural lives of their societies. Often working against great odds and at great personal sacrifice, they are a key to global progress in this new century and deserve our admiration and support.

Put simply, we have much less hope of addressing the complex challenges we face in this new century without the full participation of women. Whether the economic crisis, the spread of terrorism, regional conflicts that threaten families and communities, and climate change and the dangers it presents to the worlds health and security, we will not solve these challenges through half measures. Yet too often, on these issues and many more, half the world is left behind.

This is not simply a matter of emotion or altruism. A growing body of research tells us that supporting women is a high-yield investment, resulting in stronger economies, more vibrant civil societies, healthier communities, and greater peace and stability. But even so, no nation in the world has yet achieved full equality for women.

Women still comprise the majority of the worlds poor, unfed, and unschooled. Hundreds of thousands of women die in childbirth every year. They are subjected to rape as a tactic of war and exploited by traffickers globally in a billion dollar criminal business. Laws are still on the books denying women the right to own property, access credit, or make their own choices within their marriage. And honor killings, maiming, female genital mutilation, and other violent and degrading practices that target women are tolerated in too many places today.
Like all people, women deserve to live free from violence and fear. To create peaceful, thriving communities, women must be equal partners. That means making key resources available to women as well as men, including the chance to work for fair wages and have access to credit; to vote, petition their governments and run for office; to know they can get healthcare when they need it, including family planning; and to send their children to schooltheir sons and their daughters.

Women also have a crucial role to play in establishing peace worldwide. In regions torn apart by war, it is often the women who find ways to reach across differences and discover common ground as mothers, caretakers, and grassroots advocates. One need only look to Northern Ireland, Rwanda, the Balkans, and parts of Central America to see the impact of women working in their communities to bridge divides in areas of sectarian conflict.

This week, as we celebrate the accomplishments and the untapped potential of women around the world, we must remind ourselves that ensuring the rights of women and girls is not only a matter of justice. It is a matter of enhancing global peace, progress, and prosperity for generations to come.

When women are afforded their basic rights, they flourish. And so do their children, families, communities, and nations.

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backtoblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 01:31 PM
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4. n/t
Happy Women's Day to you!!!! I wish there was more exposure to the fight for equality this month.
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