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President William J. Clinton: "We are putting our efforts to protect and advance women's rights where they belong--in the mainstream of American foreign policy."

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton: "...women's rights are human rights--and human rights are women's rights."

Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright: "Despite recent gains, women remain an undervalued and underdeveloped human resource. For when women are empowered, families are strengthened, socially-constructive values are taught, sexually-transmitted disease is slowed and the global economy--upon which so many American jobs depend--expands."

President's Interagency Council on Women

Fact Sheets

  • 1/18/00: How Has the Clinton Administration Taken Steps to Stop the Trafficking of Women and Children?
  • 1/18/00: UN Trafficking Treaty: Myths/Facts
  • 5/25/98: U.S. and the European Union Joint Information Campaign on Trafficking in Women
  • 3/11/98: Directives on Steps to Combat Violence Against Women and Trafficking in Women and Girls
  • 3/10/98: Women and Girls in Afghanistan
  • 3/10/98: Support for Women's Human Rights
  • 3/10/98: Trafficking in Women and Girls
  • 3/10/98: Violence Against Women
  • 4/11/97: State Department: Promoting the Advancement of Women
  • 03/97: U.S. Policy Initiatives Related to Refugee Women



  • 08/17/00: Secretary Albright, Roundtable for Women in Government, Santiago, Chile
  • 06/19/00: Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, On-the-Record Briefing, Community of Democracies Conference Office of the Spokesman, U.S. Department of States, June 19, 2000
  • 06/08/00: Secretary Albright, Remarks at Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Women 2000: Beijing Plus Five, New York, NY, June 8, 2000
  • 05/25/00: Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Remarks, Tahirih Justice Center, Washington, DC, May 25, 2000
  • 04/27/00: Secretary Albright, Remarks to Organization of American States (OAS) Ministerial on Women's Issues, Organization of American States, Washington, DC, April 27, 2000
  • 03/30/00 : Secretary Albright, Remarks on America's Commitment, Marking International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Washington, DC, March 30, 2000
  • 03/24/00: Secretary Albright, Remarks at Meeting on Trafficking, Mumbai, India, March 24, 2000
  • 03/24/00:Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Delegation to UN Commission on Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland, March 24, 2000
  • 03/20/00: Secretary Albright, Remarks at NGO Roundtable on Trafficking; Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children Network Office Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 03/7/00: Secretary Albright, Statement on International Women's Day, March 8, 2000,
    Prague, Czech Republic
  • 02/25/00 : Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Statement Regarding the Release of the 1999 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, Washington, DC, February 25, 2000
  • 02/16/00: Secretary Albright, Vital Voices Conference, Washington, DC
  • 01/18/00: Opening Statement of the U.S. Delegation to the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children Supplementing the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime


  • 10/15/99: Secretary Albright, Induction into the International Hall of Fame, International Women's Forum Hall of Fame Award Gala, Washington, DC
  • 10/9/99: Secretary Albright, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty)
  • 10/5/99: Secretary Albright, California Women's Conference, Los Angeles, California
  • 03/09/99: Karl F. Inderfurth, Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Senate Appropriations Committee, Washington, DC (Afghanistan Today: U.S. Response)


  • 7/11/98: Secretary Albright, Seneca Falls, NY (National Women's Hall of Fame)
  • 3/11/98: President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (An Historic Commitment to International Human Rights)
  • 3/11/98: Secretary Albright, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bonnie Campbell, and Theresa Loar, Washington, DC (Media Roundtable: International Women's Day)
  • 3/2/98: Theresa Loar, mock hearing before Senator Diane Feinstein (Women in Afghanistan)
  • 1/13/98: Secretary Albright, Center for National Policy (Foreign Policy Challenges)


  • 12/10/97: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York City (50th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
  • 6/16/97: Secretary Albright, Bethesda, Maryland (Women with Disabilities)
  • 6/13/97: Secretary Albright, Washington, DC (Women's Legal Defense Fund)
  • 3/12/97: Secretary Albright and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Washington, DC (International Women's Day)

Press Statements

  • 03/23/00: Asian Regional Initiative Against Trafficking in Women and Children (ARIAT)

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