U.S. Embassy Kolonia commemorates Women’s Equality Day

Embassy of the

United States of America Kolonia

dvvdThe U.S. Embassy Kolonia held a “Women’s Empowerment” panel discussion and dinner reception August 28 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gave women the legal right to vote. The panelists who discussed the important topic included the Honorable FSM Vice Speaker Esmond Moses, 21st Congress of the FSM; the Honorable Senator Herolyn Semes-Movick, Pohnpei State Legislature; Mr. Cromwell Bacareza, Chief of Field Office UNICEF; and Ms. Emeliana Musrasrik-Carl, Director of Court Administration FSM Supreme Court. The U.S. women’s suffrage movement began in 1848 when women demanded the right to vote during the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Women leaders across the United States lobbied, marched, and protested for the right to vote. Today, even though civil rights work continues, the U.S. celebrates the landmark victory for step towards equality. During the event August 28, Senator Movick emphasized the importance of women supporting women to create necessary changes in society. Vice Speaker Moses noted that women face many challenges including cultural and religious restrictions and society. The United States Government is committed to empowering women in the FSM to reach their full potential.

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