US Vice President Kamala Harris has said that “democracy fundamentally depends on the empowerment of women and that democracy globally is increasingly under great strain.”

In her video speech, the first at the United Nations, to the 65th Commission on the Status of Women on Tuesday, Harris said the “United States would work to improve both.”

“Democracy requires constant vigilance, constant improvement. It is a work in progress. And today, we know that democracy is increasingly under great strain,” said the first female vice president of the United States.

“The status of democracy also depends fundamentally on the empowerment of women. Not only because the exclusion of women in decision-making is a marker of a flawed democracy, but because the participation of women strengthens democracy,” she said.

Harris added that the Biden administration would revitalize Washington’s partnership with UN Women – a UN body dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Under former US President Donald Trump’s administration, the United States led a push at the United Nations against the promotion of women’s sexual and reproductive rights and health because it sees that as code for abortion. It opposed such language in UN resolutions.

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