Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marked International Women's Day Monday with a video message repeating her words from the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing: "Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights."
Recalling one of the key speeches of her long career, Clinton said, in the past 15 years, women have made great progress "but there is a long way to go."
"Women are still the majority of the world's poor, unhealthy, underfed, and uneducated," Clinton said. "They rarely cause violent conflicts but too often bear their consequences. Women are absent from negotiations about peace and security to end those conflicts. Their voices simply are not being heard."
Clinton has incorporated women's rights as a key part of her international agenda.
"We think it's the right thing to do, but we also believe it's the smart thing to do as well," Clinton said in the video message posted on the State Department Web site.
This week Clinton will host the annual International Women of Courage Awards at the State Department, acknowledging women from ten countries, including Afghanistan and Iran, who are helping to change the role of women in their societies.
At the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards ceremony, she will present the Global Trailblazer Award to Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation.
Friday, at the United Nations in New York, she will deliver a speech in honor of the 15th anniversary of the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing.