As we mark International Women’s Day on March 8, we join forces with countries around the globe striving to advance the rights, progress, and equal status of women. Working together, we are finding ways to ensure women and girls have access to equal opportunities and live free from gender-based violence. Whether increasing the involvement of women in peace and security decision-making or implementing the new Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, the United States is steadfast in its commitment to women’s political, economic, and social progress.

We welcome the diversity and contributions of women from all walks of life and backgrounds. Unfortunately, in far too many places women still face tremendous barriers that prevent realization of their universal rights. This week the United States recognized a group of 12 outstanding women of courage, emblematic of so many who are working to ensure that women can fully contribute to society for the betterment of their communities and generations to come. On International Women’s Day, let’s rededicate ourselves to promoting gender equality and respect for the rights of all individuals.

U.S. Department of State

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