March 8th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton says women's voices not being heard

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marked International Women’s Day with a video message."]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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. S Callahan

    Amen , Sister SOS Clinton!

    March 8, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. How to win in Afghanistan

    I suggest we fly all of the Afghan women out of the country. Then the men will really be up the creek then. They won't have women to reproduce. Just a thought.

    March 8, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. terry,va.

    I wish your voice was front and center in DC Hillary. Obummie can't carry your briefcase.

    March 8, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. The Other Michael in Houston

    I agree Secretary Clinton, no go be a good girl and go make my sandwich (just kidding, back away from the keyboard feminist) Seriously, Women have for so long been put on the back burner. If you so called conservatives want to do something meaningful, how about fighting for equal rights for women.....oh I forgot, most of you mouth breathing neantherdals conservatives still think a womans place is to be barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.

    March 8, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. La Chatte

    India and China are still busily aborting female fetuses, so not only are women's voices not being heard, they are not even being allowed to exist!

    March 8, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Jay

    We missed the boat on that woman!!! If we hope to keep a Dem in Office in 2012, someone better be talking to her! HILLARY 2012

    March 8, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Wisconsonite - It's Not Socialism, It's SANITY

    And yet we have a handful of men in our House of Representatives who are willing to stop health insurance reform for millions because of their religious beliefs that women should NOT have choice when it comes to their own reproductive rights!

    March 8, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Women like Bachman and Palin have sent the womens movement back a century,and it wasnt an accident.

    March 8, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Sean

    I didn't personally support Hillary in the 2008 elections, but I have to say that her point here is very valid. With how out of control the whole planet is feeling these days, I think it would be worth trying the idea of having more women in charge of nations. Again, not Hillary in my opinion, but I'd say the old white men have had more than their fair shake at running things, and it hasn't gone so great.....

    March 8, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Maybe they'll get better results if they drop their voices down a register or so and lose the shrillness, singsonging and whining that drives most men nuts. It's a deeply ingrained psychological response. Don't push these neuronal buttons.

    March 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. BrianGTexas

    I'd love to hear more female voices, but first you have to shut up the men. Good luck with that.

    March 8, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. jp,michigan

    As usual worry about the entire world. when right here in America the powers on the Hill and oval office don't listen to any American . What they think, what they want or what they need. Political parties come before the American People, that is why democracy is important, the power of the voting booth helops to rid ones country of the ones who choose political power over the needs of their people.

    March 8, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. raq

    Clinton wasn't heard in the Presidential Election. She was thrown under the bus and run over twice!!

    March 8, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. aware

    Right Hillary – check out Tom Wright in this season of Hope! 🙂

    March 8, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Obama the Arrogant Liar

    GO are not a woman, you are a liberal power grabbing Democrap politician.

    March 8, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |