In Their Own Words

Mar 2, 2010

“The Pentagon’s decision to begin making so-called morning-after emergency contraception available at military bases around the world marked welcome, if overdue, progress in meeting the health needs of women serving the United States in the military… Next, Pentagon officials and members of Congress need to address the callous treatment of servicewomen with regard to abortion. Under current rules, military doctors may perform abortions only in cases of rape, incest or when the women’s lives are endangered. And even in cases of rape and incest, the women must pay. It is outrageous that politics is allowed to interfere with the health care decisions of women who wear the nation’s uniform.”
--“Respect for Women in Uniform,” New York Times editorial, February 15, 2010
“Until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, all our goals – peace, security, sustainable development – stand in jeopardy…  Maternal mortality remains unacceptably high, too few women have access to family planning, and violence against women remains a cause for global shame.  In particular, sexual violence during conflict is endemic…  Early and forced marriage, so-called honour killing, sexual abuse and trafficking of young women and girls are disturbingly prevalent and, in some areas, on the rise.  Whether looking through the lens of poverty, or in times of disaster, we see that women still bear the greatest burden…  On this International Women’s Day, let us look critically at the achievements of the past 15 years so we can build on what has worked and correct what has not.  Let us work with renewed determination for a future of equal rights, equal opportunities and progress for all.”
--U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message for International Women’s Day, February 26, 2010