Shaheen Lauds Biden Administration for First-Ever U.S. Strategy on Global Women’s Economic

January 04, 2023

**Shahin is the only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime champion of women’s and girls’ rights around the world**

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – The only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Secretary of State Anthony Blinken issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s announcement of a US strategy on women’s global economic security, the first such strategy by any US administration.

“Since President Biden took office two years ago, I have made it clear to him, to Secretary Blinken, and to every national security official I have worked with that global women’s issues must be a central component of US foreign policy. When women’s personal freedoms and economic opportunities are stifled, their growth potential is harmed, and the health and success of families and communities is hindered. It is a particularly pressing problem in the most vulnerable parts of the world, where gender-based violence and the systematic exclusion of women and girls from employment, education and basic services are common. Prioritizing policies that remove these barriers and promote gender equality is both a moral priority and in the interest of US national security. The United States must continue to be a world leader in promoting women’s full equality and political, economic, and social participation. That’s why I was so pleased to see Secretary Blinken’s announcement today of the first US Strategy for Women’s Global Economic Security. said Shahin.

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Shaheen was referring to the President’s announcement last night to re-nominate Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. There is Senator Shaheensupported efforts in the Senate for confirmationDr. Gupta has stood up for her role as ambassador for global women’s issues and defied Republican obstacles to Gupta’s confirmation in the last Congress. He continued, “Gender inequities in child care, capital, and leadership opportunities existed before COVID-19, but these barriers have been exacerbated by the pandemic. That’s why we need a comprehensive approach to help us recover from the latest global crisis and prepare for what’s next. This strategy, along with Dr. Gupta’s hasty and long overdue confirmation to serve as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, is critical to addressing the concerns of women around the world. The partisan obstruction that leaves this role vacant cannot be allowed to continue. I will continue to fight for Dr. Gupta’s nomination and look forward to working with the Biden administration to advance and implement a strategy to advance women’s inclusion and participation in the global economy.”

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According to the US State Department, the whole-of-government strategy aims to align and mobilize US foreign policy, international programs and development assistance, trade policy and promotion, private sector development and partnerships to ensure women’s full and equal participation in the global economy. .There may be messages from the launch of the US strategy for global women’s economic security reviewed here.

Shaheen works on global women’s issues in the US Senate. In 2017, Sen. Shaheen and Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) signed bipartisan legislation, the Women, Peace, and Security Act, into law, requiring the U.S. government to work proactively to promote women’s meaningful participation in conflict prevention and peace. negotiations. Building on this progress in the recently signed fiscal year 2023 (fiscal year) government funding bill, Shaheen allocated $150 million to implement the multi-year strategy on women, peace and security. Shaheen also said the new law would include Madeleine K. Worked to add $50 million to support women’s leadership programs, designated Albright’s Women’s Leadership Program. In addition, the legislation allocates $200 million to the Gender Equality and Equity Action Fund and $15 million to the State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

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Senator Shaheen is a strong advocate for women and girls in the United States and around the world. Shaheen has prioritized issues of women’s empowerment, including family planning and global women’s health, leading efforts to end violence against women, empowering women entrepreneurs, and removing barriers to education. Shaheen is also an outspoken advocate for Afghan women and girls. Shaheen expressed deep concern about the unconditional withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan, particularly the immediate threat to Afghan women and other groups vulnerable to Taliban violence and oppression, which has intensified since the end of the U.S. troop withdrawal nearly 18 months ago. Shaheen continues to raise the issue of Afghan women and girls and the urgent need US and global efforts to protect them and bring the Taliban to justice for gross violations of human rights.


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