Clinton ties 'broader human development' with women’s reproductive rights
March 7th, 2014
01:55 PM ET
6 months ago

Clinton ties 'broader human development' with women’s reproductive rights

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a Friday speech at the United Nations to tie women’s reproductive rights with the broader goal of human development.

“There is one lesson from the past, in particular, that we cannot afford to ignore: You cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development, without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights,” Clinton said near the end of a speech marking International Women's Day. “That is a bedrock truth.”


Seated next to United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Clinton said while strides have been made on women’s right, gaps still remain for women and girls all over the world.

“This remains the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” Clinton said. “No country in the world, including my own, has achieved full participation.”

Clinton has made language about women’s rights a focal point of many of her speeches and has tried to address women’s rights since her years as first lady.

Last week, at a speech to Georgetown University, Clinton said that issues of women’s peace and security issues were “integral” for dealing with foreign policy issues in Syria, Iran and Libya. And at another United Nations event last month, the former senator said “still too many women face far too much discrimination and violence.”

In many of these speeches – including Friday’s remarks to the United Nations – Clinton referenced the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Clinton, who spearheaded the conference along with then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright, used the trip to forcefully proclaim “human rights are women’s rights.”

Clinton, the former senator from New York. who if she runs for the White House again would instantly be the overwhelming frontrunner for Democrat’s 2016 presidential nomination, announced late last year that she would review the advances in women’s quality since the conference.

On Friday, Clinton said in order to grow the goals set forth in Beijing, groups like the United Nations had to have women’s rights “integrated into every goal" they made.

“When women succeed,” Clinton concluded, “the world succeeds.”


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Not sure what it is, but she simply is not looking well at all. Nope, not at all.

    March 7, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Not sure what it is, but she simply is not looking well at all. Nope, not at all."

    Is that the best you can do? Lame.

    March 7, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    "Not sure what it is, but she simply is not looking well at all. Nope, not at all."

    Is that the best you can do? Lame.
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    What is it you think I'm trying to do? She looks tired. Weak. Unhealthy.

    March 7, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. salty dog

    Fair, she's old, and married to slick Willy.

    March 7, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    @Fair is Fair
    Not sure what it is, but she simply is not looking well at all. Nope, not at all.
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    Conspiracy / rumor alert. Rush L has been floating a "Hillary is too sick to run for office" misinformation thing. And FiF here has done the ideal thing to promote a conspiracy theory – give a vague hint and nonspecific information.

    March 7, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. freedom

    Hilary is the worst example for women's rights. She rode Bill's coattails to the WH and then stayed with him after (and during) his numerous affairs, and then was Obama's minion – lying and breaking laws – just to get to the WH again. She is not a woman of virtue or integrity – or intelligence, for that matter. She's self-serving, demeaning, and not fit to be commander-in-chief – just like Obama.

    March 7, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Fair. – To post Limbaugh talking points gives you no credibility.

    March 7, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    salty dog

    Fair, she's old, and married to slick Willy.
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    Yeah.... that would take a toll on anyone.

    March 7, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    Memo to self: NEVER wear my tourquoise and black Chanel suit, when scheduled to be on TV!

    March 7, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Rick Patel

    Women have a right to reproduce. What they don't have is much protection from serial sexual predators.

    March 7, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. salty dog

    Now don't cry freedom, your team gets s shot at redemption, for what good it will do. Despite the gop efforts, were not so angry as to accept ignorance and hatred as a winning party platform .

    March 7, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Tiffins

    Why is Hillary wearing a red tie and glasses? Oh wait....

    March 7, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Me

    Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    "Not sure what it is, but she simply is not looking well at all. Nope, not at all."

    Is that the best you can do? Lame.
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    What is it you think I'm trying to do? She looks tired. Weak. Unhealthy.
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    Ya I was going to post the same thing, it really does look like she might be having health problems. And that is NOT coming from Rush or Fox or any of those people the gang likes (seems to be obsessed about) to talk/complain about, I have never, NOT ONCE, listened to Rush or read Fox news etc, (I only read CNN) this is a simple observation. The only reason I know about Rush is from the usual suspect here, if it wasn't for them I would know hardly anything about them or their positions.

    March 7, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Chris-E...al

    Here's hilly doing the gender and race card and trying to boost the Democrats stagnant an low poll numbers. Women have more or as many rights as a man! if she wants to do somethg besides talking bout haveing babys or killing them she shound focus on the 17trillion massive debt buden on our children an grandchildren they ar important 2 boy an girl ! black an white .we are all human beings n0t a dumb pawn.

    March 7, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    Why is Hillary being vilified for staying with her husband? They did have a child. Didn't Chelsea deserve to have both of her parents full time? What President Clinton did was not a crime, as a matter of fact it's a very enjoyable experience whether you're male or female......

    I thought the party of family values were all about family and second chances.

    Mark Sanford anyone???

    March 7, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. just saying

    so a woman can't be equal unless she has the right to murder her baby in the womb? geez hillary, that is just nutty. she is getting just as bad as crazy joe. i guess that is what the democrats got for 2016, team geezer. or is it team alzheimer?

    March 7, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. bill

    What difference does it make. This old hag just needs to go away.

    March 7, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. salty dog

    She's resting up for the big run, shell be fine, after her eight years she can take her dirt nap.

    March 7, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Hilary is the worst example for women's rights. She rode Bill's coattails to the WH and then stayed with him after (and during) his numerous affairs, and then was Obama's minion – lying and breaking laws – just to get to the WH again. She is not a woman of virtue or integrity – or intelligence, for that matter. She's self-serving, demeaning, and not fit to be commander-in-chief – just like Obama."

    Please repeat that loudly everywhere you go from now until November 2016. The Dems/liberals will thank you for it.

    March 7, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Fortunately, republicans have not been able to pass laws to take complete control of women's bodies. I guess until that happens, the RWNJs will have to accept that people do have rights.

    March 7, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    I believe it is called a fetus when it is in the womb, but I could be wrong.

    March 7, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    I recognize Hillary, but who is that lady next to her, Michele Bachmann?

    March 7, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. truth be told

    She flat out lied face to face to the families of those she helped get killed in Benghazi. This woman doesn't give a damn about anybody except herself and her quest for power. We don't need any dynasties in this country. Go away.

    March 7, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Not sure what it is, but she simply is not looking well at all. Nope, not at all.
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    Uh. Loose dentures?

    March 7, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    GOP = Greed Over People

    Memo to self: NEVER wear my tourquoise and black Chanel suit, when scheduled to be on TV!
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    Hahahahahahaha.... kinda resembles a comforter I saw on a "Leave it to Beaver" episode.

    March 7, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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