Schakowsky Statement on International Women's Day

March 8, 2016
Press Release

Today is International Women’s Day, and I join with my sisters around the globe in celebrating the accomplishments of women and in committing to tear down the barriers that prevent every girl and woman from enjoying equality of opportunity.

Women are doing extraordinary things – from leading countries and businesses to providing financial security for their families and improving their local communities. This week, we lost one of those extraordinary women – Berta Caceres, the murdered Honduran human rights and environmental activist known for her courage and her skill. As we mourn her loss, we recognize that there are women like Berta in every country – women working to form unions, women seeking education and safe drinking water for their children, and women committed to peace instead of war.

This year we must continue our efforts to ensure that women around the world have a full and equal place in their societies.

Here in Congress we can take to action to move closer to this goal. I introduced the International Violence Against Women Act to ensure that women are protected from violence and don’t face persistent abuse at home, in the workplace or as a weapon of war. The United States should embrace the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) treaty to advance women’s rights and ensure their full participation in the economy and in leadership roles.

Ending gender-based discrimination and advancing women’s rights is the right thing to do and it is the smart thing to do because all parts of our society benefit when women are allowed to succeed. On International Women’s Day, let’s commit to making the goal of equality a reality for women around the world. When women succeed, America and all humanity succeeds!