Clinton Calls for Female Voices in Middle East Government - Page 2
Clinton wants to make sure that the women who stood up during the revolutions in Egypt and Libya by blogging and marching, risking their lives to invoke democracy, are able to participate fully in the government they helped bring about.
In June, over half a million Egyptian men and women, backed by 500 non-government organizations, signed the Egyptian Women's Charter, calling for women in government, the media, equal opportunities for social and economic rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
Clinton said the United States supports the efforts and principles of the charter.
"Women have to be part of the future. And it’s imperative that as constitutions are created, as political parties are organized, as elections are waged and won, nobody can claim a democratic future if half the population is marginalized or even prevented from participating," Clinton said.
She applauded Tunisia for drafting a new electoral code giving women full gender parity on election lists, while calling for the United Nations to act on the behalf of women, men and children everywhere, to make sure that every person is counted and has a voice.
"The United Nations must stand firmly behind the rights of all – the rights of women, the rights of men, but in particular for women to sit at every table where decisions are made," Clinton said.
The female President of Brazil, Dilma Roussef, the female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Michelle Bachelat, Executive Director of UN Women were also present at the UN event. Together they signed the UN Joint Statement On Advancing Women’s Political Participation.
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