What Clinton’s Candidacy Means to Women Worldwide
She doesn’t talk about it much on the campaign trail.
But as she is lauded at home with a historic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton is being praised abroad for decades of quiet work that put the rights of women around the world at the top of the agenda.
Promoting women is now considered integral to other goals such as establishing national security, promoting agricultural yields, increasing economic growth or stemming the spread of disease. Just last year, $70 million was dedicated to promoting adolescent girls in Pakistan. Another $27 million was just promised to promote literacy among girls in Africa. Nearly $30 million is being spent on increasing the ranks of women in security in places like Liberia, Afghanistan and Pakistan — where women make up less than 5 percent of the police force, according to The Institute for Inclusive Security.
Earlier this year, the defense and security studies journal PRISM devoted an entire issue to analysing how women and girls status intersects with US security goals. It’s the kind of small moment of recognition by the male-dominated military establishment that women’s rights activists couldn’t have dreamed of a decade earlier. While these achievements are the result of much more than one person’s effort, Clinton is considered an ally and leader.
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