President Obama and Secretary Clinton offered their condolences for the tragic loss of loss of life and damage caused by the earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan on March 11. Secretary Clinton said the United States is absolutely committed to helping Japan respond and recover.
In Libya, the United States continues to be a leader in supporting the work of international agencies in the region, and addressing the urgent needs of those who are fleeing, as well as those remaining inside Libya.. Ambassador Ivo Daalder participated in a NATO meeting to address the situation, and on March 10, the U.S. government announced an additional $17 million in humanitarian assistance, bringing the total to $47 million.
Assistant Secretary Eric Schwartz and USAID Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg traveled to the region. They highlighted the conflict and the national security challenge it represents in an op-ed.
At the State Department and at embassies around the world, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. In an op-ed featured in the Bloomberg News Wire and in her remarks at the Second Annual Women in the World Stories and Solutions, Secretary Clinton said supporting women worldwide is a critical element of U.S. foreign policy. She also spoke about reducing maternal and newborn deaths around the world.
In Washington with First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary Clinton hosted the 2011 International Women of Courage awards ceremony. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Kyrgyz Republic President Roza Otunbayeva, an honoree of the award, were also on hand to recognize these women.
For International Women's Week, Ambassador Goosby demonstrated how PEPFAR is addressing gender and the needs of women through the prevention of mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission, partnering to eliminate sexual violence against girls, and uniting against gender-based violence (GBV).
In Haiti, Vice Consul Ajani Husbands drew attention to the celebration of Kanaval, and Public Affairs Officer Sharon Hudson-Dean highlighted a photojournalism program at the U.S. Embassy Harare in Zimbabwe.
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