Editor’s Note: Senior Advisor and Assistant to President Obama Valerie Jarrett spoke at the World Conference of Women’s Shelters on February 27 and followed up with a post at Huffington Post recapping her remarks and sharing her thoughts on the progress being made to end domestic violence. “There is much work we still must do, but seeing so many courageous leaders from around the world devoted to this important goal renewed my confidence that if we all do our part, we can and will win the fight against sexual and gender-based violence. We will create a world where no woman lives in fear, and where every woman has the chance to work hard and reach her full potential.”
Yesterday evening, I had the honor of addressing the 2nd Annual World Conference of Women’s Shelters, hosted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and sponsored by Global Network of Women Shelters. The conference was composed of more than 1,300 advocates representing more than 90 countries, including the United States.
I was incredibly inspired by the work these advocates are doing to keep women and their children safe. And I was proud to affirm that President Obama and his administration stand with them. Protecting women and their children is a cause he cares deeply about, not just as a President of the United States, but also as a son, a husband and a father of two daughters.
This is why the President has made combating violence against women a key foreign policy goal…