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Kamala Harris says, Gender equality makes democracy stronger

Women deprived of freedom of expression or choice must fight for their rights and know that the United States is by their side, US Vice President Kamala Harris said on Wednesday.
Harris told the Generation Equality Forum at a summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron that gender equality is critical to strengthening democracy.
“Use the instruments for democracy, be it freedom of speech or freedom of choice. And if you don’t already have these freedoms, fight for them and know that we will fight by your side, ”Harris said via video link at the summit. .
Democracy is at risk in countries around the world, Harris said.
“If we want to strengthen democracy, we have to fight for gender equality. Because here is the truth: democracy is stronger when everyone participates, and it is weaker when people are left out,” said the vice-president.
Two months after taking office, Harris said President Joe Biden’s administration would revitalize Washington’s partnership with UN Women, a UN body dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Under former President Donald Trump, the United States made a push at the United Nations against the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights for women because it saw it as a code of abortion.
Harris took on a different tone.
“When women have access to reproductive health care to stay healthy, they can participate better and our democracy is strengthened,” she said.
Melinda Gates said the Gates Foundation will provide $ 2.1 billion in new money to strengthen gender equality. More than half would go towards sexual health and reproductive rights, while $ 100 million would be spent helping women hold positions of power in government and the workplace.
“Women shouldn’t just have a seat at the table, they should be in any room where policies and decisions are made,” said Gates.

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