"The facts must shock every conscience into action. All told, about 120 to 140 million women in countries around the world have undergone FGM/C and another 3 million girls are at risk each year. Just as gender-based violence knows no boundaries, this tragedy spans the globe, including among many migrant communities in the United States. These aren’t just statistics. They’re a challenge to the decency of every single one of us. These are real people – little girls, some younger than 10 years old – daughters, sisters, and wives - subjected to this horrific practice."
"Looking back on the years since the new millennium began when we challenged ourselves as a global community to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we can see that we have made progress…But the goal where the least progress has been made is the one that strikes at the heart of issues related to equity and equality for women, and that’s MDG 5, reducing maternal mortality and providing universal access to reproductive health, including family planning."
The 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of U.S. leadership to keep the HRC at the forefront of international efforts to promote and protect human rights. In this session, the United States ran an important consensus resolution on Freedom of Expression and the Empowerment of Women. As a member of the Council, the United States’ mission remains to highlight key human rights issues while vigorously opposing efforts to shield human rights violators. View Fact Sheet
"We underscore that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights. To participate fully and contribute to their families and communities — economically, politically, and socially — women and girls must be able to live free from violence. The United States takes seriously its responsibility to take steps to eliminate violence against women and girls. We have taken a comprehensive approach to addressing violence against women and girls at home and abroad."