|From Clinton to Kerry: Keep the promise to women, youth|
Advocates' Director of Public Policy Janine Kossen provides a great retrospective on Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State, and provides recommendations for Senator John Kerry as he takes the position, in Politico today. Excerpt below or read the whole piece!
"...Less well known [than Clinton's committment to women's and girls' rights] is her attention to young people. During her tenure, she created the first-ever Office of Global Youth Issues and hosted 59 town halls around the world. From Tunis to Tripoli and from Phnom Penh to Pristina, she listened as young leaders expressed their concerns about the economy, political participation, global health and everything in between. Her State Department also helped achieve a bold and progressive declaration recognizing youth sexual and reproductive health and rights at the 2012 United Nations Commission on Population and Development.
As she has stated, “When young people can claim their right to education and health — including sexual and reproductive health — they increase their opportunities to become a powerful force for economic development and positive change.” Coupled with the United States Agency for International Development’s new Youth in Development Policy, her leadership has helped build the momentum we need to elevate and expand our focus on the largest generation of young people in history.
Her leadership didn’t stop there, however. (Read the Politico piece)