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March 8, 2011
By Jennifer Epstein
Women must play a key role in transitions to democracy in the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.
“In the coming months and years, the women in Egypt and Tunisia and other nations have just as much right as the men to remake their governments,” Clinton said in Washington at an awards ceremony marking International Women’s Day. Together, she said, men and women can make their formerly autocratic governments “responsive, accountable, transparent.”
As transitioning countries around the world rebuild, women must play a part in “making those choices that will affect their lives and the lives of their daughters and their sons no matter what government emerges,” Clinton said.
That is true in Egypt, she said, where women already face internal obstacles just a few weeks after protests signaled hope for them.
Women who gathered in Tahrir Square last month to demonstrate for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak “were clearly saying they expected to have a voice and a vote in the future,” Clinton said, but they have been let down.
Since Mubarak’s fall, women in Egypt have been protesting their exclusion from the committee working to craft a new constitution for the country. “They have now insisted their voices be heard,” she said. “We will certainly be watching, and the world will watch.”
The same goes for other countries throughout the region, Clinton said, adding that the Obama administration will hold emerging governments accountable for giving women a voice and a vote.
“The United States will stand firmly for the proposition that women must be included in whatever process goes forward,” she said. “No government can succeed if it excludes half of its people from important decisions.”
Posted on www. politico.com