It is with great pride that we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day with an innovative, exciting new opportunity to put our collective intentions, hopes, and dreams for women around the world into action.
In Peru, in Nepal and around the world, millions of women already face a daily struggle to put food on the table because of discrimination and inequality. Climate change is making their situation worse -- much, much worse.
Her face has been kissed by Time. Every crease and line around her eyes records a moment in her life, like the delicate rings in a tree trunk. With what little she has, she still gives what she can. She is Um Fawaz, from a village in Jordan.
Over my lifetime, women have demonstrated repeatedly that they can do anything that men can do, while still managing traditional women's work at the same time. But the same expansion of roles has not been available to men.
We've invited some of our most influential women bloggers to reflect on the accomplishments and struggles facing women. From Queen Noor of Jordan to Eve Ensler, the voices are as varied and impassioned as you'd expect.
For women and girls to thrive in urban settings, thoughtful multi-sectoral strategies must be applied, from ensuring safe transport to school for teenage girls, to training law enforcement personnel to handle domestic violence cases.
How will we be remembered in another 100 years? Will this be the Congress that spent wisely and honored commitments, or did not pay the slightest bit of attention while women were senselessly dying around us?
Too many still equate the soundbites describing women under Taliban rule with the teachings of our faith throughout the Muslim world. But the oppression of women in parts of the Muslim world is not because of Islam, but contrary to it.
The women of Afghanistan are not silent -- they are ignored. By standing together globally, we stand to ensure that it is unacceptable to exclude women from peace talks and for government to ignore the rights of the governed.
Some of you may be surprised that I would place the battle over birth control ahead of others. But I do. The reason? Because if we don't achieve full access on this issue we will never achieve our full rights on the others.
Some people think we already have equality. Many young women feel the label of "feminist" is, at best, irrelevant to their lives and, at worst, a stigma to be avoided at all costs. Nothing could be further from the truth.
For me, International Women's Day is as personal as it is powerful -- I gave birth to my daughter on this day. So, in my role as a mother to my own daughter, I have also learned to embrace the task of global motherhood.
I will never forget the women of Chitehwe, a village in Mozambique I visited with Oxfam. It's a quiet revolution you won't hear much about in the media, but there is little doubt they are taking their destiny into their own hands.