UN / CSW KAMALA HARRIS

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US Vice President Kamala Harris said, “the status of women is the status of democracy,” adding that the US is committed to upholding the democratic values embedded in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

16 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States:
“Eleanor Roosevelt, who shaped the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, once said, "Without equality, there can be no democracy." In other words, the status of women is the status of democracy. For our part, the United States will work to improve both. We are committed to upholding the democratic values embedded in the Declaration. And we firmly believe that, when we work together globally, we can achieve the vision within it.”

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3.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

16 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States:
“At its best, democracy protects human rights, promotes human dignity, and upholds the rule of law. It is a means to establish peace and shared prosperity. It should ensure every citizen— regardless of gender— has an equal voice. And free and fair elections that will respect the will of the people. At the same time, democracy requires constant vigilance, constant improvement. It is a work-in-progress.”

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5.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

16 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States:
“The status of democracy also depends fundamentally on the empowerment of women. Not only because the exclusion of women in decision-making is a marker of a flawed democracy, but because the participation of women strengthens democracy. And that's true everywhere. Looking around the world, I am inspired by the progress that is being made. And I am proud to report that, while the United States still has work to do, we, too, are making progress— and that women strengthen our democracy everyday.”

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7. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

STORYLINE:

US Vice President Kamala Harris said, “the status of women is the status of democracy,” adding that the US is committed to upholding the democratic values embedded in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Addressing the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women via a video link today (16 Mar), Vice President Harris said that as this year, in considering the status of women, especially as it pertains to the participation of women in decision-making, the world must also consider the status of democracy.

She said, “at its best, democracy protects human rights, promotes human dignity, and upholds the rule of law. It is a means to establish peace and shared prosperity. It should ensure every citizen— regardless of gender— has an equal voice. And free and fair elections that will respect the will of the people.”

Vice President Harris continued, “at the same time, democracy requires constant vigilance, constant improvement. It is a work-in-progress.”

She also said that as the world confronts a global health crisis and an economic crisis, it is critical that we continue to defend democracy. She reiterated that the United States is strengthening its engagement with the United Nations and the broader multilateral system.

Vice President Harris stated that the status of democracy also depends “fundamentally on the empowerment of women. Not only because the exclusion of women in decision-making is a marker of a flawed democracy, but because the participation of women strengthens democracy. And that's true everywhere.”

She noted that she is inspired by the progress that is being made around the world and is also proud that, “while the United States still has work to do, we, too, are making progress— and that women strengthen our democracy everyday.”

The theme of this year’s session is “women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”
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