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Received an email bulletin from the Washington-based Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) today about an interesting event happening this Friday.

At 14.30 eastern standard time (that’s 19.30 GMT), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be making a speech to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The conference was a landmark, making the links between maternal health, violence against women, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights – among other issues – and the population and development debates. In her speech, Hillary Clinton is expected to reconfirm the US’ commitment to the Conference’s goals – which should make for interesting listening given the recent attacks on women’s access to abortion during the health care reform debates within the States itself.

The speech will be streamed on http://www.icpd2015.org/. If you miss it, check out the site later on for a video and transcript of the speech. CHANGE will also be providing highlights and analysis on their site and are calling on those living in the States to take action to time with the speech:

For those who live in the U.S., please take a moment to email your Representative and urge her/him to co-sponsor H. Res. 947, a resolution introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) that recommits the U.S. to achieving the goals of the ICPD Program of Action. Please click here [link to an action page on CHANGE’s website] to take action today.

cross-posted on feministing