US AMBASSADOR TO THE UN
Get close to the people affected by your work. Seek out perspectives different from your own. And work to bring others close with you. Know that history is not in a hurry, but that you can help speed it up. And recognize that while the journey will be long - and you will lose and lose again - it is the struggle itself that will define you.
Most great independence speeches look inward -- setting out a vision for a people who, for the first time, have won the right to define who they are and who they aspire to be. But what distinguished this speech, and the national product that Nehru so eloquently set out, was that, from its genesis, India looked outwards as well as inwards -- seeing its responsibilities as extending to people far beyond its borders.
These are just twenty out of the many women who are being deprived of their freedom and the right to participate in the Beijing+20 conference. In naming these women, we are sending a message to their governments and others like them: If you want to empower women, don't imprison them on the basis of their views or on the basis of the rights that they are fighting for.
We must never forget the genocide in Srebrenica. We must always honor its victims, its survivors. But we must never forget also that our words will ring hollow if, in the here and now, we don't believe the unbelievable, if we don't end the culture of impunity that exists in so many places around the world, and if we don't strengthen our resolve to protect those who count on us all.
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