This week, Hillary Clinton garnered huge media coverage of her remarks at the United Nations. Yet the truly important comments she made didn’t involve email accounts, but rather “the great unfinished business of the 21st century.”
At the outset of the annual two-week session of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women, Clinton built upon one of the most important legacies from her time as first lady: the landmark 1995 speech in which she outlined the many ways in which “human rights are women’s rights … and women’s rights are human rights.”
That speech, given at a U.N. conference in China, supported the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The platform was designed to achieve the ambitious aim of “removing all the obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making. This means that the principle of shared power and responsibility should be established between women and men at home, in the workplace and in the wider national and international communities.”
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