Madame Secretary

[Trigger warning for sexual violence.]

Yesterday, on the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the continuing need to honor the resolution's as-yet unfulfilled promise to meaningfully engage and involve women in peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building:

Women's participation in [peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building] is not a "nice thing to do." It's not as though we are doing a favor for ourselves and them by including women in the work of peace. This is a necessary global security imperative. Including women in the work of peace advances our national security interests, promotes political stability, economic growth, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Just as in the economic sphere, we cannot exclude the talents of half the population, neither when it comes to matters of life and death can we afford to ignore, marginalize, and dismiss the very direct contributions that women can and have made.
Full transcript available here.

[H/T to Shaker MKP-hearts-NYC.]

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