Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in an important show of solidarity with the international movement for women's rights, spoke out against the Taliban's treatment of women. Speaking at the California Governor's Conference for Women, Ms. Albright pledged U.S. support for women and girls in Afghanistan stating that the rights of women must be included in U.S. foreign policy. She also responded to the claim by some that the treatment of women in Afghanistan is part of Afghan culture, stating, "I say it is criminal and we each have a responsibility to stop it." Albright sent a clear message to the Taliban that the treatment of women is threatening U.S. and other international relations.
9/28/2015 World Leaders Commit to Ending Gender Discrimination at UN Summit - This weekend, on the 20th anniversary of the fourth world conference on women in Beijing, leaders from around the globe met in New York City to discuss concrete and measurable plans for eliminating discrimination against women.
The plans were announced and reviewed by over 80 world leaders over the weekend at the "Global Leaders" Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: A Commitment to Action," summit co-hosted by the UN and China. . . .