US Mission to the UN Concerned About Abortion in Beijing Platform
At the 48th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the US mission stated that it might not "reaffirm" the Beijing Platform because of the Bush Administration's concern about "abortion" language in the platform. Instead, the US mission will most likely state that the US "recalls and reiterates" the Beijing Platform.
Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, who leads the U. delegation to the CSW, stated that she is "excited about the rights that women are getting in [Iraq and Afghanistan]" and that women's political participation "is a burning issue" for her. Although Sauerbrey stated that "the United States heavily invests in bringing women into the political equation in post-conflict areas, where their voices and vision are critical", the US-backed 25-member Iraqi Governing Council includes only three women.
In response to a Canadian NGO representative who said about women in North America, "if we impose [equal participation] on the oppressed, we should impose it on ourselves," Sauerbrey said that the US tradition "is equality of opportunity." She described her philosophy as "women need to be equally educated on how to run for office"
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries, including a delegation from the United States. . . .