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Violence Prevention Leader Lauds Secretary Clinton’s Speech Linking Reproductive Health Care to Women’s Health, Progress & Equality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 8, 2010
CONTACT Luci Manning
202/371-1999

Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler today issued the following statement:

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s powerful speech addressing critically important issues affecting women’s health, delivered on the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, was an important and very welcome event.

Violence is a pervasive worldwide problem that affects women and children in every community and every country. The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that one of every three women globally will be beaten, raped or otherwise abused during her lifetime, and in some countries the rates of physical and sexual violence are much higher. This violence threatens the health and economic stability of women, their families and communities, and our world.

Secretary Clinton is right that violence against women is a gross human rights violation, a public health epidemic and a barrier to solving global challenges such as extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and conflict. And she is right that we cannot solve it unless we ensure women’s access to reproductive health care, family planning and maternal care. We applaud the Administration for reaffirming its commitment to prioritizing women’s access to reproductive health services and programs, as a path to better health and equality for women.”

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The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to end violence against women and children around the world, because every person has the right to live free of violence. More information is available at www.endabuse.org.

The Family Violence Prevention Fund’s ‘Know More, Say More’ initiative, which examines the consequences of reproductive coercion and violence, is online at www.KnowMoreSayMore.org.

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