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Senate Recognizes Women's Issues
You will have to search to find out about it; however it is true, the U.S. Senate has recognized the necessity for a subcommittee dedicated to global women's issues! The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues will be led by Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has been a champion of women's issues in the Senate. This is the first-ever subcommittee mandated to empower women, which is a huge step and over due to say the least.
During her swearing in, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced "as Secretary of State, I view these issues as central to our foreign policy. Not as adjunct or auxiliary, or in any way lesser than all of the other issues we have to confront...And it will be my hope to persuade more governments...that we cannot have a free, prosperous, peaceful, progressive world if women are treated in such a discriminatory and violent way."
Somehow, the impact of this massive step by the Senate has not been felt, um, anywhere. The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee fails to mention it on their website as does Senator Boxer's website. Despite the black hole of information to be found on this exciting advancement, I find it very hopeful that the plight of women around the world will finally have some light shined upon it. Now if Congress would just do more the help the women here at home we'd really be getting off on the right foot.