Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2010 at the United Nations, in New York City. Fifteen years ago, as First Lady of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton attended the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. The message from that conference still resounds today: human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. In Beijing, 189 countries adopted a Platform for Action that pledged to increase women’s access to education, healthcare, jobs, and credit, and to protect their right to live free from violence. On March 12, Secretary Clinton will speak to the progress the world has made toward meeting those goals, the work that is left to do, and the critical role that women play in achieving the foreign policy goals of the United States.
The speech comes at the tale end of a week of events at the UN and around the world for International Women’s Day, on March 8. We are planning some extensive coverage of all of these events on UN Dispatch next week. Stay tuned. For now, though, this is a great show of support from the United States.