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Welcome to "Ask the White House" -- an online interactive forum where you can submit questions to Administration officials and friends of the White House. Visit the "Ask the White House" archives to read other discussions with White House officials.
March 11, 2004
Charles, from Livingston, NJ writes:
I saw the dozens of palaces that were built in the same time that the regime spent a dollar per citizen on health.
I met with dozens of Iraqi women and each had a poignant story to tell about the human rights violations that they or members of their immediate families went through under Saddam.
Earlier this week, the Iraqi Governing Council signed the transitional administrative law which acts in sorts as an interim constitution and protects the rights of ALL of its citizens, men and women. We continue to work with the Iraqi people as we move toward June 30 which will be the date when Iraq becomes a sovereign nation.
Carol, from Michigan City
The answers to these will help me understand your position better and put information with your face.
Amongst the things we do are to help promote and implement the President's policies on human rights and democracy. This includes promoting religious freedom, working on humanitarian assistance and refugees issues, and combating against trafficking in persons
We also work with international organizations like the UN, ILO, the Red Cross and others.
Amy, from Amherst, NY writes:
Each year, the State Department also publishes an annual report on trafficking in persons to raise awareness of the issue all over the world.
George, from Santa Barbara writes:
The US sponsored a resolution at this year's General Assembly on Women and Political Participation. 110 nations co-sponsored the resolution and it passed unanimously.
The President has committed $15 billion over 5 years to combating HIV AIDS which increasingly affects women. Part of that effort includes a mother and child HIV prevention initiative. The US is a leader in micro-credit financing for women around the world.
The President has committed over $150 million to combat trafficking in persons, something which affects predominantly women and children.
april, from arkansas writes:
Bring your own lunch because our food is cold.
Chari, from St. Petersburg, FL writes:
The TAL outlaws discrimination based on gender, nationality, religion and ethnic origin. It also contains a goal of no less than 25 percent of members of the National Assembly should be women.
Molly, from NY,NY writes:
The country reports are an important tool to formulating our policies and programs. These reports can be found on www.state.gov. The latest ones were released on February 25, 2004.
As the President has made clear, the US stands for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity: the rule of law; limits on the power of the state; free speech; freedom of worship; equal justice; respect for women; religious and ethnic tolerance; and respect for private property.
April, from Portland writes:
We work with governments all over the world to promote the rights of women because we believe that women's rights are critical issues. We encourage full participation by women in their countries.
And even as recently as last week, we were very gratified to see the participation of three women in the drafting and adoption of Transitional Administrative Law in Iraq.
Women have played a leading role in helping to bring democracy to many countries and have paid a personal price for it. For example, in Burma Aung San Suu Kyi, an elected democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner is currently under house arrest. The President has continuously called for her release.
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