Clinton Speaks on Women's Rights and Foreign Policy
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke on the integral role women's rights have in foreign policy and security Friday at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) national conference.
In her remarks, Clinton said "A society that denies and demeans women's rights and roles is a society that is more likely to engage in behavior that is negative, anti-democratic and leads to violence and extremism....As we integrate our military and civilian assets with a mission for disrupting and defeating al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we cannot lose sight that assisting women's development in those countries is part of America's strategy to be successful," according to the Houston Chronicle.
At the conference, Clinton received Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award, stated the PPFA. In accepting the reward, Clinton said "It's part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It's about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being."
Media Resources: Houston Chronicle 3/27/09; PPFA Press Release 3/30/09
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