Statement from Ambassador James D. Nealon on International Women’s Day

On March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day in which the world praises the economic, social, and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for gender equality and the respect of women’s human rights, including their right to learn, to express themselves, and to live free from violence.

Today, we celebrate the enormous contributions from women towards the development and well-being of Honduras. We recognize their continuing work to build a country where women are valued as key stakeholders and where their fundamental rights are respected. This day is an opportunity to honor the efforts made by Honduran women who have forged a path towards a more just and equitable society, who have tirelessly fought for the respect of human rights, and who have overcome obstacles imposed by society.

On this International Women’s Day, I reaffirm our tribute to the life and accomplishments of the prominent Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, and I confirm our commitment to assist in bringing those responsible for her murder to justice.