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SKS Spotlight of the Month: Women’s History Month

Each March in the United States, we celebrate Women’s History Month. We honor the many women who, throughout the centuries, dedicated their lives to furthering the cause of equality for women. We honor the women who made it possible for young girls of today to dream of becoming a scientist, a business owner, a military officer, a politician, or even the President of the United States.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) supported USAID's sponsorship of the Arab Women's Forum in Cairo in May 2003. Attended by 25 women from 12 Arab countries, the forum developed an action plan for women's empowerment that focuses on legal, political, and economic issues. Specific proposals developed by the forum will be supported with MEPI funds. <br \> by U.S. State Department, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) supported USAID’s sponsorship of the Arab Women’s Forum in Cairo in May 2003. Attended by 25 women from 12 Arab countries, the forum developed an action plan for women’s empowerment that focuses on legal, political, and economic issues. Specific proposals developed by the forum will be supported with MEPI funds.
by U.S. State Department, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

In some parts of the world, however, women’s rights movements have not effected such dramatic change. In many countries, women are plagued by violence, horrid working conditions, virginity tests, and inequality in political representation and in the courts. However, beginning with the ambitious global effort dubbed the UN Decade for Women (1975-1985), the issue of women’s rights has slowly begun to shape myriad cultures around the world. Over the past decade, the international landscape of women’s rights has been peppered with bravery: the Yugoslavian Women’s Court Initiative, the European Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, female workers in Sri Lanka staging a groundbreaking mass protest, gender equality voted into the Moroccan Constitution, and the education campaign of Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafza. Around the world, the emergence and evolution of the struggle women’s rights remains grounded in the slogan developed at the 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna: “women’s rights are human rights.”

Join this month’s SKS Spotlight of the Month in honoring Women’s History Month. Take pride in the awesome strides made by strong and dedicated women in the United States, and marvel at the brave and tireless women across the world struggling for each small step in women’s freedom and equality.

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