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New UN Human Rights Council Mechanism to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women


Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 1, 2010

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Today, the United States joined with the international community to send a clear message: discrimination against women is a violation of human rights. I applaud the UN Human Rights Council for adopting an historic resolution to create a new mechanism that will promote the elimination of laws that discriminate against women. Establishing this mechanism by consensus at the UN Human Rights Council reinforces once again that women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women's rights.

Equality for women is not only a matter of justice -- it is a political, economic, and strategic imperative. The world cannot make progress if women are denied the opportunity to fulfill their God-given potential. The United States will continue its commitment to advance the human rights of women and girls around the world.



PRN: 2010/1401

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