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US to join UN group on ending violence against women

WASHINGTON — The United States is planning to join an informal United Nations (UN) group on curbing violence against women and girls, Washington's envoy to the world body announced Monday on International Women's Day.

US to join UN group on ending violence against women

People walk past a large-scale, outdoor crochet art installation of US Vice President Kamala Harris in celebration of International Women's Day, by LA-based, international "yarn bomber" and street artist London Kaye, at the Warf in Washington, DC on March 8, 2021.

WASHINGTON — The United States is planning to join an informal United Nations (UN) group on curbing violence against women and girls, Washington's envoy to the world body announced Monday on International Women's Day.

"We all believe and understand that when women do better, countries do better — communities, families. Not just the women, everyone," President Joe Biden's UN envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.

The veteran diplomat said the administration of Mr Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, and the country as a whole, "care deeply about gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls around the world."

Ms Thomas-Greenfield was speaking at an informal UN Security Council meeting dedicated to the participation of women in peace processes, organized to mark International Women's Day.

The United States will join the UN Group of Friends for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, which was set up last year and is presided over by the European Union.

Under Mr Biden's predecessor Mr Donald Trump, the United States was at odds with its traditional allies on women's issues. At one point, Washington threatened to veto a draft proposed by Germany on reproductive rights in conflict zones.

Mdm Harris will deliver the US speech on March 16 at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women, Ms Thomas-Greenfield announced — a move that highlights the importance given by the Biden administration to the issue of women's rights.

The event usually brings thousands of women to the UN headquarters in New York every year, but this year, as in 2020, the meeting will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The United States is back at the UN and we are resolute in our support for the women, peace and security agenda," the US ambassador to the UN said. AFP

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