Posts Tagged ‘Americas’

This is what I was talking about yesterday with my Venezuela post! Happy Birthday Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and ALL OF THE AMERICAS!!!!  And you GO @WHAAsstSecty!  You rock!  Just like the SOS!

Denver Biennial: Partnering to Celebrate Democracy in the Americas

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 6, 2010

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Denver Biennial of the Americas to celebrate the shared history, values, culture, and interests that link the nations of our hemisphere. We are especially honored to support their efforts as Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico celebrate 200 years of independence in 2010, as will most other Latin American nations by 2025.

The Americas Roundtable series is the Denver Biennial’s primary public dialogue component. Roundtable topics will include education, women as drivers of the new economy, poverty reduction, energy and climate change and others. Featured participants include U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, U.S. Representative to the OAS Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia William Brownfield, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens and U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Vilma Martinez. Involving citizens from most of the 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere, the Americas Roundtable is designed as a public call to action, seeking to identify common challenges, seek joint opportunities, and promote collaboration.

In an effort to open up the dialogue to as many participants from around the region and the world as possible, roundtables from July 6 – 8 will be live streamed in both Spanish and English. We welcome questions, comments and ideas from throughout the hemisphere via these platforms, Twitter (@WHAAsstSecty @thebiennial) or Facebook. We also encourage you to follow the Denver Biennial here.

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I am posting this a day late, but better late than never.

Day of the Women of the Americas

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 18, 2010

On this Day of the Women of the Americas, I am proud to honor the women of the hemisphere who are working every day to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their societies. Unfortunately, in too many parts of our hemisphere and beyond, women are still denied rights, deprived of dignity and marginalized in the political, social, and economic spheres. The Organization of American States has designated 2010 as the Inter-American Year of Women, making this an important opportunity to redouble our efforts to ensure that women are accorded equal rights, opportunities and respect. Empowering women is a high-yield investment that results in stronger economies, more vibrant societies, healthier communities, and greater peace and stability.

The United States is working with partners across the Americas to create economic opportunity for women, advance educational opportunities, and increase public awareness, among both men and women, of the obstacles that still stand in the way of progress. In particular, we are committed to combating the scourge of violence against women in all its forms. We support efforts to increase legal and judicial protections and health sector capacity to respond to sexual and gender-based violence. And we are strengthening our fight to curb human trafficking.

The women of our hemisphere have a tremendous resource in the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM). Established at the Sixth International Conference of American States on February 18, 1928, CIM has been the principal Inter-American forum for generating hemispheric policies to advance women’s rights and gender equality. Currently under U.S. leadership, CIM is hard at work to promote public policies in the member states that contribute to ending violence against women, increasing their political participation, and achieving economic prosperity, among other priorities.

Efforts to empower women across the Americas have gained new urgency in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, which left so many homeless and in need. In the first hours after the disaster, Haitian women played a vital role in distributing emergency assistance and securing lifelines for shattered communities. In the difficult days of rebuilding that lie ahead, their determination and hard work will be crucial to Haiti’s rebirth. As we celebrate this Day of the Women of the Americas, let us reaffirm our solidarity with the women of Haiti and their families.

And let us recommit ourselves across the Americas and the world to the cause of empowering women and supporting their efforts to build a brighter future for us all.

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