Secretary Kerry: “International Women’s Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a day not just to renew our determination to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place — but to recognize that a world where opportunities for women grow, is a world where the possibilities for peace, prosperity, and stability grow even more.”
"The rate of women’s political participation in Fiji is among the lowest in the world, but in 2013 Roshika was among the very first candidates — male or female — to announce her intention to stand for election".
Read about the woman who’s “Be the Change” campaign inspired a new generation of Fijian youth and women to believe in democracy and the power of civic participation.
I never thought or expected to have this opportunity and I can truly say it has been an unforgettable experience. That moment of impact, when you’re swept off your feet with possibility and reminded that while we are women, we are human, and #WeAreCourage. Thank you to the U.S. Department of State for the opportunity to meet First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the opportunity to join in celebration for these inspiring women, honored for their work in women’s - and human - rights.
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Who is your woman of courage? Post a photo of her with the hashtag #WeAreCourage and we’ll highlight a few from @StateDept on International Women’s Day! #IWOC #IWD
1. Mr. Putin says: Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets. It is “citizens’ defense groups,” not Russian forces, who have seized infrastructure and military facilities in Crimea.
The Facts: Strong evidence suggests that members of Russian security services are at the heart of the highly organized anti-Ukraine forces in Crimea. While these units wear uniforms without insignia, they drive vehicles with Russian military license plates and freely identify themselves as Russian security forces when asked by the international media and the Ukrainian military. Moreover, these individuals are armed with weapons not generally available to civilians.
2. Mr. Putin says: Russia’s actions fall within the scope of the 1997 Friendship Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
The Facts: The 1997 agreement requires Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Russia’s military actions in Ukraine, which have given them operational control of Crimea, are in clear violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
We honored these extraordinary International Women of Courage at a ceremony yesterday at the State Department. Who is your woman of courage? Post a photo of her with your story using the hashtag #WeAreCourage and it might be highlighted on the State Department’s Instagram account on International Women’s Day!
Secretary Kerry visited the Shrine to the Fallen Heroes on Institutska Street in Kyiv during his visit to Ukraine. The Secretary extended his deepest condolences on behalf of the United States to those who lost loved-ones and honored the dead by placing flowers and a candle at the Shrine.
|—||Secretary Kerry in Kyiv, March 4, 2014|