In a statement on International Women’s Day, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recognized the resilience, determination, and leadership of women and girls around the world, and their tremendous contributions and achievements in the construction of peaceful and democratic societies.
“America’s commitment and work to advance gender equality and equity is a priority not just today; it’s our daily commitment,” Blinken said. “We have reinforced and reaffirmed our commitment to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of women and girls as a strategic, moral and human rights imperative.”
“By strengthening justice and gender equality, countries strengthen their stability, prosperity, security and democracy,” said the Secretary of State.
In collaboration with international and civil society partners, the United States recently announced numerous strategies and initiatives to advance gender equality around the world. For example, in November 2022, President Biden released a Presidential Memorandum on Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.
In January, the State Department launched the first ever multi-agency U.S. Strategy for Global Women’s Economic Security. The United States also remains committed to doubling state and USAID investments in foreign assistance promoting global gender equality to $2.6 billion in FY23, in accordance at the President’s budget request.
“Today and every day, the United States honors the women and girls of the world and continues to work to advance gender equality and equity for the benefit of all,” Blinken said.
On Wednesday, Blinken, along with First Lady Jill Biden, hosts the 17th annual International Women of Courage Awards (IWOC), which this year was awarded to 11 women from around the world.
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