Secretary Kerry at the Call to Action Ministerial on Protection from Gender Based Violence in Emergencies

Secretary Kerry at the Call to Action Ministerial on Protection from Gender Based Violence in Emergencies

Too many of the places that I have visited over the course of the last year and a half bear the scars of a time when rape was used as a tactic of oppression and intimidation. And sexual violence against women, as I mentioned, is as old as wars and conflict itself. But now, thousands of years after rape was written into the lexicon of warfare, it’s time to write it out and to banish sexual violence to the dark ages and to the history books where it belongs.

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Fact Sheet: The Equal Futures Partnership to Expand Women’s Political and Economic Participation

Fact Sheet: The Equal Futures Partnership to Expand Women’s Political and Economic Participation

The Equal Futures Partnership is an innovative U.S.-led multilateral initiative designed to encourage member countries to empower women economically and politically. Equal Futures partner countries commit to taking actions including legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to ensure women fully participate in public life at the local, regional, and national levels, and that they lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth.

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U.S. Funding for Safe From the Start Announced at the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

U.S. Funding for Safe From the Start Announced at the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

Today, Secretary Kerry announced that the United States is making available an additional $12 million for Safe from the Start to strengthen prevention and response to gender-based violence from the onset of humanitarian emergencies. Secretary Kerry announced the new funding at a high-level event for the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by the United Kingdom in 2013 and now led by the United States.

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U.S. Congratulates Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the Agreement on Formation of a Government of National Unity

U.S. Congratulates Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the Agreement on Formation of a Government of National Unity

This was a moment of extraordinary statesmanship. These two men have put the people of Afghanistan first, and they've ensured that the first peaceful democratic transition in the history of their country begins with national unity.

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U.S. Strategy to Defeat ISIL

U.S. Strategy to Defeat ISIL

We must continue to repudiate the gross distortion of Islam that ISIL is spreading, put an end to the sermons by extremists that brainwash young men to join these movements and commit mass atrocities in the name of God. I was very encouraged to hear that Saudi Arabia’s top clerics came out and declared terrorism a heinous crime under Sharia law and that the perpetrators should be made an example of.

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