Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement in recognition of International Women's Day:
Today we recognize the extraordinary contributions women have made across the globe. Women around the world are now leaders in business, government, and the sciences. The 20th century ushered so many women into leadership roles, and we must continue to build upon that progress in the 21st century.
We have seen throughout history how women have shown tremendous strength and courage in the face of war, poverty, and natural disasters. This year nine women received the U.S. Department of State's International Women of Courage Award for their leadership in the pursuit of women's rights in their respective communities. The awardees are from Afghanistan, China, Honduras, India, Nigeria, Russia, Somalia, Syria, and Vietnam. Through adversity these women have uplifted their communities by seeking peaceful conflict resolution and equality.
During my tenure in Congress, I have made it my mission to champion the empowerment of women around the world. In 2001, I began "A World of Women for World Peace" to bring greater visibility to those who are victims of war and conflict, and to bring attention to women who are active participants in non-violent conflict resolution in their communities. We must all continue to work to achieve equality for women all over the world and ensure peace and security for those in conflict regions.
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and a senior member of the Science Committee. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.