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Secretary Clinton’s Legacy for Women and Girls
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Planned Parenthood Federation of America Media Office
DATE: January 29, 2012
RE: Secretary Clinton’s Legacy for Women and Girls
In assuming the position of secretary of state, Sen. John Kerry inherits an unprecedented legacy built by Secretary Hillary Clinton who has put the health and rights of women and girls front and center in State Department policies and programs.
Senator Kerry, a longtime supporter of women’s health and empowerment in his own right, has a tough act to follow. During Sec. Clinton’s tenure, the Obama administration:
· Made women’s health a central focus of U.S. global health programs and investments.
· Created the first-ever Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues.
· Expanded policies to promote gender equity and eliminate gender-based violence, created a strategy to address gender-based violence globally and released a U.S. policy on gender.
· Launched a new strategy to leverage women as “Agents of Peace.”
· Issued a presidential memorandum to promote the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.
· Improved integration of HIV and reproductive health in U.S.-supported development efforts and released the PEPFAR Blueprint:Creating an AIDS-free Generation.
Key quotes from Secretary Clinton:
“Reproductive rights are among the most basic of human rights. But too often, in too many places, these rights are denied. Millions of women and young people in developing countries don't have access to information to plan their family. They don't have health services and modern methods of contraception. This is not only a violation of their right to decide the number, timing, and spacing of their children, it's also a question of equity as women everywhere should have the same ability to determine this fundamental part of their lives.” – Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, video message to the London Summit on Family Planning, on July 11, 2012
“..gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, December 6, 2011
For more information contact the Planned Parenthood Media Office: 212-261-4433