Address to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women – Rhetorical Analysis
I. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a speech at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in which she took the opportunity to note that in the 15 years since the Fourth Worlds Conference on Women held in Beijing a lot of progress had been made by women worldwide to help provide all women with more opportunities. Nonetheless, just because advancement had been made for gender equality it does not mean that all the goals necessary have been reached. Instead, Clinton continuously urges her audience to continue striving for more. II. Introduction: The Secretary of State’s reminder of the “call to action” that was made 15 years earlier in Beijing as well as sharing stories of how women, young and old, have been able t make the words spoken at this Conference a reality. a. In the Conference the goals set forth were to take “all the necessary measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and the girl child and remove all obstacles to gender equality and the advancement and empowerment of women, promoting women’s economic independence, and preventing and eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls” (Fourth World Conference on Women). b. Anecdotes are provided of how these goals have been reached i. Women in South Africa building housing development outside of Cape Town on their own ii. Women in Liberia who were able to negotiate a peace agreement amongst two opposing sides of a civil war and then elected a woman to lead their nation. iii. A business-savvy woman in the United States who began an online organization to help both men and women around the world get microloans from strangers in order to build their own businesses iv. A young 10-year-old girl who escaped an abusive marriage eo a man three times her age and was not only able to receive a divorce but also bring to light the ugly truth behind child marriages that occur on a daily basis throughout the world. III. Clinton made a lasting impression of how the world as a whole cannot continue to move forward while still holding women down and the efforts that she, alongside President Obama, are making in order to bring gender equality worldwide. a. “The world cannot make lasting progress if women and girls in the 21st century are denied their rights and left behind.” (Address to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women) b. Foreign policy initiatives that President Obama and herself have been working on to empower women around the world. i. Global Health Initiative: helping women be healthier and have the proper medical care that is needed ii. Food Security Initiative: to strengthen the ability of women and men, equally, to be offered the ability to farm crops to provide food for their family as well as a source of income. iii. The U.S. government’s response to the challenges that climate change brings to developing countries in which they would help women have more advanced “technologies and programs so that they can protect their families” (Address to the United Nations on the Status of Women). IV. Conclusion: “Women’s Progress is Human Progress”
a. Clinton made a clear point that the fight for gender equality around the world has come very far in a short amount of time, but it is far from being completed achieved. b. Together as “one voice” everyone should work as a single unit to make the future of all women, young and old, be free of violence, free of the oppression that so many cultures subject their women to, and free of the fear in lacking education and the proper medical care.
Though out Clinton’s speech on the closing day for the UN Commission on the importance of global gender equality, she had various portions in which she used anecdotes, some were properly cited while others were not....
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