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White House Women's Update: “It's About People.”

Monday, February 4, 2013  
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White House Women's Update: "It's About People.”

Greetings All-

We hope this message finds you well.

This week, President Obama delivered remarks from Del Sol High School in Las Vegas on the urgency of comprehensive immigration reform. He emphasized that now is the time to build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system:

"Remember that this is not just a debate about policy. It's about people. It's about men and women and young people who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the American story.”

On Wednesday, together with Secretary Clinton, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum-- Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally. This memorandum strengthens and expands U.S. government capacity and coordination across all agencies to better promote gender equality and empower women and girls.

At the White House, the conversation about reducing gun violence continues. This week Vice President Biden sat down with Americans from around the country in a live Google+ Hangout. During the virtual roundtable, participants from all different backgrounds asked the Vice President about topics ranging from an assault weapons ban to the Second Amendment and from mental health checks to making our schools safer. If you missed the event live,you can still check out the full video and learn more about the plan.

Also, today is National Freedom Day, a day that commemorates the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and celebrates freedom for all Americans. Yet almost 150 years after the abolishment of legalized slavery in the United States, a modern form of slavery -- trafficking in persons -- continues to quietly flourish around the world. From forced labor to sex trafficking to the use of child soldiers, modern slavery entails the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of exploitation. Check out this blog to hear some of what the Obama Administration is doing to fight what President Obama has called "one of the great human rights causes of our time.”

Best wishes,

The White House Council on Women & Girls

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