US: Obama stresses need for equality between men, women

New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama on Sunday reiterated American government's commitment to closing the gap between men and women, saying "the gap between women’s inherent value and how many of them are treated every day is one of the great injustices of our time."

Commemorating the International Women’s Day, Obama said: "As half the planet, women make immeasurable contributions to our world. They are entrepreneurs, farmers, educators, scientists, artists, soldiers, mothers, heads of state – the list is endless."

A White House statement, sent to PANA in New York, quoted the US leader as stating: "Without women, economies would collapse, political systems would deteriorate, and families and communities would fall apart."

"Yet in too many places, women are treated as second-class citizens, their abilities are
undervalued, and their human rights – the right to learn, to express themselves, to live free from violence, to choose whether and whom to marry are routinely violated," he noted.

He said the American government would continue to support girls’ education, saying: "Right now, 62 million girls worldwide who should be in school are not and millions more are at risk of losing their access to education."

Obama recalled that last week, Michelle and himself announced an initiative called: "Let Girls Learn", to help dismantle the barriers, both economically, politically and culturally that stand in the way of girls who want to learn.

The US president also stressed that he was convinced that a world in which women and girls are treated as equal to men and boys is safer, more stable, and more prosperous.  

"Beyond those tangible benefits, this is simply a matter of right and wrong. Women and girls are human beings, full and equal in rights and dignity and they deserve to be treated that way, everywhere, every day.

"My administration will continue working to make that vision a reality," he added.
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08 march 2015 18:40:29

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