Saturday, March 08, 2008

First Lady Honors Women at International Women's Day Event

"Today we salute women whose triumphs are written bold on the pages of history, and we call attention to those for whom the pages have yet to be written -- women from Afghanistan to Zanzibar, who work to achieve a better life and equal rights for girls around the world. And with our help, I believe that we'll all ultimately succeed."
~ Mrs. Laura Bush, the First Lady of the United States of America at the USAID's Celebration of the International Women's Day on Friday March 7, 2008.



Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States of America.

Today is the International Women's Day and I dedicate my post to the evergreen memory of my beloved mother, Mrs. Gladys Eke, one of the greatest mothers of all time.

Below is the press report on the event of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to mark the International Women's Day.

7 Mar 2008 22:28 Africa/Lagos


First Lady Honors Women at International Women's Day Event

WASHINGTON, March 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

The U.S. Agency for International Development and USAID Administrator Henrietta Fore hosted Mrs. Laura Bush and honored guests at an International Women's Day celebration today. The internationally recognized day is an opportunity to celebrate the advancement of women throughout the world and inspire all women to achieve their full potential. This day also serves as a reminder of the continued action that is required to ensure women's equality in every country.


"Today we salute women whose triumphs are written bold on the pages of history," said Mrs. Bush. "And we call attention to those for whom the pages have yet to be written -- women from Afghanistan to Zanzibar, who work to achieve a better life and equal rights for girls around the world. And with our help, I believe that we'll all ultimately succeed."


USAID is committed to improving women's equality and empowerment around the globe. The Agency supports programs in areas such as girls' education, women's legal rights and political participation, economic opportunity, maternal and child health, and anti-human trafficking; all of which help to advance the status of women.


"USAID recently completed a successful five-year Women's Legal Rights Initiative in ten developing countries, from southeast Europe, to Africa, to Latin America," said Henrietta Fore, USAID Administrator. "Public awareness and support for women's legal rights is on the increase -- thanks to American foreign assistance."


Please go to www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2008/pr080307_photo.html for a photograph of Mrs. Bush speaking at the USAID International Women's Day event.


For more information about USAID's Women in Development Programs, please visit www.usaid.gov/our_work/cross-cutting_programs/wid/ and for information about other USAID programs please visit www.usaid.gov.


The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years.


Public Information: 202-712-4810


Source: U.S. Agency for International Development

CONTACT: USAID Press Office, +1-202-712-4320


Web Site: http://www.usaid.gov/

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