With a longstanding interest in women’s issues, it is fitting that Hillary Rodham Clinton will honor the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8 with a series of talks and events.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the secretary, the week-long series of events (March 7-11) will highlight the achievements and aspirations of women around the globe.
In Washington, D.C., Secretary Clinton will speak at the start of the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges.” She will host the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony with guest First Lady Michelle Obama. She will deliver remarks at the launch of a new maternal and child health initiative between USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the governments of Norway, Grand Challenges Canada, and the World Bank. Finally, in New York City, Secretary Clinton will deliver remarks to the 2011 Women of the World Summit.
Why International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day has been observed by the United Nations since 1975. The celebration is aimed at recognizing the role women play in bolstering international peace and security.
To play that role well, women need the ability to actively participate in their society, to enjoy equality, and to develop to their full potential. Throughout March, events are held around the world to help promote these values and honor women’s economic, political, and social achievements.
Women Walk the Walk through Nonprofits
Nonprofits working to improve lives around the world rely heavily on women. At SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that raises orphaned and vulnerable children in 132 countries, family-based care revolves around the love and warmth of mothers.
Local women who love children and receive professional training in child development and psychology are the bedrock of SOS programs.
Raising children who have been traumatized by poverty, abuse, war, or natural disaster is challenging. SOS Mothers have the passion, patience, and grit needed to help such children become productive and loving adults.
As International Women’s Day approaches, pay tribute to the hard work that women do to make the world a better place. To learn more, see www.sos-usa.org.
For more Care2 coverage of International Women’s Day, click here.
Photo courtesy of SOS Children's Village
Written by Kyna Rubin of SOS Children's Village