Equal Justice: Women Are Making the Legal Profession Fairer and More Equal

“When I decided to pursue a legal career, some people noted how non-female friendly the legal profession is. Somehow, the thought had never occurred to me as a young adult at the time. I was inspired by a popular television drama (featuring a male lawyer) and failed to see why gender would make a difference.  Many years later, having worked ...
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Young Journalists from Ukraine and Russia Inspire a Free Media Champion

“In February 2016, my Office hosted nine young journalists from Ukraine and the Russian Federation as part of our ‘Two Countries – One Profession’ project. Although all of these dialogues have been extremely valuable, I was particularly moved by the conviction and dedication of these young people to their work as journalists. Journalists are the ...
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On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women | Statement to the PC

In commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the United States reaffirms its belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, that women and girls have the right to live free from violence, and that countries are stronger when homes, neighborhoods, and communities are safe for everyone. Over the past year—indeed, throughout history—there ...
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Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Women and Men | Statement at Working Session 14 of HDIM 2016

Equal opportunity for women and men in all spheres of life is critical to building resilient, democratic societies; supporting open and accountable governance; ending extreme poverty; furthering international peace and security; growing vibrant market economies; and addressing pressing health and education challenges. One of the biggest threats to reaching these goals is gender-based violence. As ...
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Tolerance and non-discrimination, including equal opportunity for women and men in all spheres of life: HDIM 2015, Session 5

When women and girls are empowered, educated, and equipped to contribute to their societies, their families and their countries are more likely to prosper, and be more stable and secure. Globally, however, women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. In some places, women’s leadership and participation in politics, civil society, and the ...
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Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Ambassador Schlumberger back to the Permanent Council for another comprehensive and detailed report. Ambassador Schlumberger, as you noted in your report, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (OMiK) remains a trusted and reliable partner to local and international institutions and communities. The Mission’s focus on key areas – including human rights and cross-dimensional issues such ...
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Response to the Annual Evaluation Report on Implementation of the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for Gender Equality: Statement to the PC

The United States thanks the Secretary General for this comprehensive report. We support efforts to integrate a gender perspective into OSCE policies, programs, projects, and activities in all three dimensions. We are very concerned to hear that the overall gender balance in the OSCE has taken a turn for the worse in 2014, breaking the ...
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U.S. firmly committed to cementing women and girls’ achievements in Afghanistan: Statement to the PC

The United States is honored to welcome Her Excellency Dilbar Nazari, Minister of Women’s Affairs of Afghanistan, to the Permanent Council. Thank you for your report and for the hard work you and your government are doing in Afghanistan. I appreciated in particular the specific steps you laid out. Since 2002, women and girls in ...
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