Release of the 2022 Women, Peace, and Security Report

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE History shows that the meaningful inclusion of women in peace and security processes leads to more successful peace agreements, promotes stability, and strengthens U.S. national security. Through the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and ongoing support for UN Security Council Resolution …

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Biden honors 17 Americans with Medal of Freedom

By Mark Trainer President Biden awarded the  Presidential Medal of Freedom , the country’s highest civilian honor, to 17 Americans. The recipients represent diverse accomplishments across a variety of fields. Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values or security of the United States. Americans at their best, Biden said during the July 7 White House ceremony, “ensure …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Tbilisi PRIDE’s Regional LGBTQI+ Conference

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today for the LGBTQI+ Pride Week Regional Conference to discuss the issues and challenges facing the LGBTQI+ community in Georgia and in the region. The Biden administration has placed human rights at the centerpiece of our foreign policy. This is because we deeply …

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Joint Statement by Trilateral Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, Following 21st session of UN Permanent Forum for I

Joint Statement by the Trilateral Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, Following the 21st session of UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues   The text of the following statement was released by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States following the 21st session of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text. We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United …

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INL and Georgian MOIA Representatives attended The International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Reimagining Justice

With the support of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Bureau of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, five Victim and Witness Advocates of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MOIA) attended an International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Reimagining Justice organized by End Violence Against Women International in San Francisco, California …

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Ending gender-based online violence

The digital world holds great promise to amplify the voices of women, girls and LGBTQI+ individuals. But it also has given rise to new forms of gender-based abuse and harassment. Gender-based online violence is a human rights issue that must be tackled on a global stage, according to a coalition of governments, international organizations and …

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Fostering equity and equality for all

People around the world should have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Gender shouldn’t matter. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. That’s why the Biden-Harris administration launched what it calls the first-ever  National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality . “By advancing the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI+ persons in all their diversity, we will advance the collective prosperity, …

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International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON On November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Day, the United States commemorates the work of women human rights defenders: all women and girls who work for human rights, all people who defend the rights of women and girls, and all people who defend the rights to be free from …

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Time to end violence against women and girls in Georgia

This joint statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is issued by the United Nations system in Georgia, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia and the Embassies to Georgia of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, …

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Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) is a human rights imperative and one this Administration is committed to championing.  Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, GBV impeded women and girls’ free and full participation in society.  The pandemic has only exacerbated existing gender inequities, including increasing women’s economic insecurity; …

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Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

By Lenore T. Adkins The world recognizes the  International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  on November 25, a day to heighten awareness about the physical, psychological and emotional harm women face worldwide. The U.S. Department of State sees  tackling violence against women  as a human rights imperative. Violence threatens women’s and girls’ safety, and it sets barriers to their potential for prosperity or filling leadership …

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Ambassador Degnan’s visit to Kakheti Domestic Violence shelter

Ambassador Degnan visited Kakheti Domestic Violence shelter, a small, family-equipped facility, which was fully renovated through U.S. Government funding from the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics. Prior to its opening in 2016 there was no such institution in Kakheti.  Ambassador Degnan and Deputy …

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Women tackle firefighting’s risks and rewards

Women are making major contributions to fire departments across the United States, achieving new milestones in a field traditionally dominated by men. In February, three women with the  Washington Township Fire Department in Ohio  became the department’s first all-female crew to answer a fire call. In September 2020, five women with the  Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Department  achieved a similar milestone, working an all-woman shift for …

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Honoring America’s ‘First Lady of Physics’

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring a Chinese-American scientist for her significant contributions to nuclear physics, a field largely dominated by men. Born in China in 1912, Chien-Shiung Wu immigrated to the United States and became “one of the most influential American nuclear physicists of the 20th century,” the post office said  in a November statement  announcing plans to …

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Exploring science with a new generation of girls

From mountaintops to the depths of the seas, American women scientists are tackling global problems. In the past, there were very few women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs, but today women hold nearly 3 in 10 of those jobs. The United Nations has designated February 11 the International Day of Women and …

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Diversity is an essential component of the U.S. diplomatic corps

By Noelani Kirschner American diplomats represent U.S. values abroad and embody a core tenet of American life: diversity. In the United States, anyone — regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background — can become a diplomat and represent America abroad as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. One of the many ways the …

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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before …

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Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day, 2020

Recently, our Nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution.  On the commemoration of this historic day, I was proud to issue a Proclamation honoring the women’s suffrage movement and sign a full pardon for one of its greatest leaders, Susan B. Anthony, who was unjustly convicted for voting on …

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Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun to Host Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Virtual Event

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11, at 2:00 p.m., Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will host the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Virtual Event at the U.S. Department of State to celebrate the launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative Pillar Three Action Plans and USAID Fund.  The event will include official …

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Pompeo: The world needs courageous women (March 4)

Pompeo: The world needs courageous women (March 4) By Noelani Kirschner Peacemakers, activists, lawyers, journalists, politicians and defenders of human rights. These are the recipients of the 2020 International Women of Courage Award. “We are here to honor a quality that all of the women onstage possess, and that is courage,” said first lady Melania Trump at …

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2020 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced (March 4)

2020 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced (March 4)   Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo to Honor Awardees on March 4, 2020 with Special Remarks by First Lady of the United States Melania Trump On Wednesday, March 4, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks about Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections (March 4)

Ambassador Degnan speaks about Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections (March 4)   Today Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan delivered remarks during the Meeting on Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections organized by the United Nations. The Ambassador spoke about the growing recognition of women’s important role in leadership and how their …

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