Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to release a document that will reflect on the state of women and girls across the world to coincide with the 20th anniversary of her women's rights speech in Beijing.
But what was to be a celebration of her record on women's issues has been overshadowed in recent weeks by reports that the Clinton Foundation raised money from foreign governments known for violence against women and sex discrimination, The New York Times reported.
Nevertheless, Clinton will launch the report, "No Ceilings Full Participation Report," alongside other collaborators, including Melinda Gates and Chelsea Clinton, discussing the findings and marking the 20th anniversary of the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women, Politico reported.
"I hope it serves as a wake-up call, and also as a call to action for us all," she writes in an introduction to the report, according to Politico.
"It is time to renew our effort to address the great unfinished business of the 21st century."
The report highlights the progress women and girls have made over a wide range of areas over two decades, from education and health to political influence. The data will be broken down by geography and income, and will also set out benchmarks for the future.
"While we have made progress over the past 20 years, not all women and girls have seen these gains in their own lives — and much unfinished business remains," the report says, according Politico.
The report makes mention that the United States is the only high-income country without a national paid leave policy. It also says that there has been little progress in closing the global pay gap between men and women.
At the same time, it says that "there has never been a better time to be born female" despite a list of legal, economic, and social obstacles that persist, the Times reported.
Republicans, however, have been quick to highlight the contradiction between the foundation's donations and her emphasis on women's rights.
Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month that Clinton "tweets about women's rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights," the Times reported.
"It's a perfect example of the conflict of interest here," Richard Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer, told the Times.
The Clintons on Saturday
defended their acceptance of foreign donations.
"Do we agree with everything they do? No," former President Bill Clinton said. "You've got to decide when you do this work whether it will do more good than harm if someone helps you from another country."
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