Biden, in his written statement on March 8, International Women’s Day, stated that the Taliban did not allow girls to go to school in Afghanistan, Russia “used rape as a weapon of war” in Ukraine, and the administration in Iran put pressure on opposition women.
Emphasizing that the rights of women and girls are under attack in many parts of the world, Biden said:
“We see this in Afghanistan, where the Taliban prevent women and girls from going to school and finding jobs. We see it in Iran, where the regime brutally suppresses the voices of women who are bravely resisting for their freedom. In the face of Russia’s brutal and unjust invasion of Ukraine, rape is a war. We see it in the countless stories of women who bravely fought for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Ukrainians, including the use of weapons as a weapon.”
Noting that promoting equal opportunities for women and girls will strengthen security, stability and well-being for all, Biden said, “If half the population remains behind, we will not be able to solve any of the great global challenges of our time.”
Noting that the United States is working to promote women’s rights around the world and at home, Biden called for “let’s continue to strive for a future where women have an equal place at the table, an equal say in shaping decisions, and have equal opportunities to contribute fully to their country.”