Secretary Clinton on Human Rights Agenda for the 21st Century, Vital Voices and Women’s Rights

In a speech given this Monday at Georgetown University, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined the human rights agenda of the Obama administration for the 21st century. Clinton said that as we commemorate the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we must look to the document itself as a “standard for achievement.” The Secretary went on to say:

Clinton said that human rights, democracy, and development must be pursued simultaneously, as part of one agenda. In an effort to advance a comprehensive agenda of human rights, the Secretary of State said that we must highlight and recognize the achievements of human rights activists around the world:

Secretary Clinton went on to insist that “we have to remain focused on women –women’s rights, women’s roles, and women’s responsibilities.” Recalling her words at the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 – “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights”– Clinton said “I wish it could be so easily translated into action and changes.” Though there remains much to be accomplished regarding gender equality internationally, Secretary Clinton said that she and the Obama administration will work towards the full extension of human rights for all.

Remarks on the Human Rights Agenda for the 21st Century - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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