Women’s health leads to stable economies
Written by Jerry P. Lanier
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day, recognizing women’s past struggles and accomplishments and focusing on what needs to be done to provide greater opportunities for women today.
To commemorate this special day, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International exchanges” and a new maternal- and child-health initiative.Secretary Clinton said the United States “was making women a cornerstone of foreign policy because we think it’s the right thing to do, but we also believe it’s the smart thing to do.” And we in the United States Mission are committed to advancing the welfare of Ugandan women.Women’s health, education, economic opportunity, and human rights are at the core of successful, stable societies and economic growth. Supporting women and girls is not only just, it is necessary for successful development. As Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni said, “African countries should address women’s health concerns if they are to develop because they form the bulk of the continent’s workforce and are the caretakers of the families…”To read the rest of this article, follow the link to the right.