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

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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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  1. Tony D

    After 8 years of an incompetent like Obama, the country would be insane to put another far left wingnut like Clinton in the White House. Only people that truly hate this country would do that.

    March 7, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Why is Hillary being vilified for staying with her husband?"

    Because the GOP has nothing else to offer.

    March 7, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    I agree with Wake, about vilifying HRC's marriage, since the conclusion of the vow is pretty clear, "What therefore God has joined together, let no man put a sunder".

    You, GOP "chri$tians" can now regale us with Chapter and Verse.

    March 7, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "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 "

    You mean the $17T debt caused primarily by the Bush tax cuts and their continued existence, unfunded Medicare Part D, unfunded Iraq war, unfunded Afghanistan war, and the recession? Yeah...she should certainly talk about it, and she should include those FACTS and that MATH ad nauseum...and the fact that the Stimulus contributes a tiny sliver and that the ACA is actually predicted to help lower it and the deficit...oh, and while we're on th edeficit, Obama's lowered it to less than half of what Bush handed him. Unfortunately, when she does talk those FACTS and the undeniable MATH, the MSM will conveniently fail to report about it.

    March 7, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. DWSchuster

    What about Vince Foster and Amb. Stephens, Hillary! You leave bodies behind wherever you go!

    March 7, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Lizzie

    freedom, not true, BILL wants to get back to the Oval Office to finish what he started.

    March 7, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    I don't know Hillary. Judging by the comments, when women succeed the opposition brings out the big guns. You know. What she wears; how she looks.

    March 7, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    What about Vince Foster and Amb. Stephens, Hillary! You leave bodies behind wherever you go!
    The real truth about these was stored in Area 51 by Bigfoot in a black helicopter.
    Is this all the Radical Right has left? Wild tin foil hat folks.

    March 7, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    Thanks Ms.Clinton for standing up for women as opposed to the Radical Right wanting to control women's bodies and tell them when they are sinful in the eyes of the One True State Religion.

    March 7, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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