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March 8, 2010
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Statement by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on the Occasion of International Women’s Day
Today we commemorate International Women’s Day and honor the courageous women who endeavor to build a better world for their children, families, societies, and themselves. This is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the essential role women play in the economic, political, and social advancement of their countries.
Development outcomes are greatly dependent on the degree to which women and girls are empowered to realize their potential and to benefit from, and contribute to, their society’s progress. USAID welcomes President Obama’s leadership in its efforts toward achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality. The Agency has a long-standing history of working to improve women’s status and removing constraints that limit their potential.
Join me as we renew our determination to empower women and girls so all of us can succeed.
The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years.