Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined with members of the Administration, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and other women leaders in government to mark the 23rd anniversary of this global observance at the White House today. "As we observe International Women's Day, women continue to make strides and gain influence in all walks of life, as a group, they constitute 70% of the world's poor, they are the vast majority of the world's illiterate adults and they suffer the most from different forms of violence. One need only see the faces of women in places like Bosnia and, now, Kosovo to realize how they are singled-out for some of the harshest and inhumane treatment in times of war and strife," Pelosi said.
As the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Operations subcommittee, Congresswoman Pelosi has worked to ensure that women around the world are given every opportunity to protect and support their families, and achieve gender equality and empowerment. "International family planning is a cornerstone to achieving these goals and providing women and their families with the real means to lift themselves from poverty, provide for their children and live with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, international family planning is under constant attack in the House, threatening the lives of countless women and the health and welfare of their families." Pelosi said.
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