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Statements 2010

Message from U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry and Mrs. Ching Eikenberry on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25, 2010

As the world honors International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and International Human Rights Day on December 10, the United States calls on governments and peoples around the world to act with renewed vigor to confront the issues of gender inequality, discrimination and violence against women.

Afghan women are absolutely critical to the progress and stability of Afghanistan.  When women are accorded their rights and afforded equal opportunities in education, healthcare, employment and political participation, they lift up their families, their communities and their nations – and act as agents of change. 

The United States stands with the men and women of Afghanistan who are committed to ensuring that Afghan girls and women have a chair in the classroom, an appointment at the clinic, a job in the workforce and a place in the halls of government.  Only by men and women working together can Afghanistan move forward to the bright future the Afghan people deserve.

Note: Click below to read Secretary Clinton’s Plan: “Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls: Keys to a Better Future for Afghanistan”(announced at the London Conference in January 2010)