Mar 13, 2001
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday, March 8, 2001, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) celebrated International Women's Day by urging House Members pay special tribute the women around the world. Speaking from the U.S. House floor, Rep. Maloney submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record:

"International Women's Day recognizes the achievements and successes of women around the world. It is also a day on which we work to advance the status of women everywhere.

"This is why I, along with my colleagues, Representatives Mark Kirk, Joseph Crowley, and Jim Leach, and more than 60 original cosponsors, are announcing that we will introduce our bill, the United Nations Population Fund funding Act of 2001 on this important day. This bill will help save the lives of millions of women and children around the world and will work to bring equality to all people by restoring funding to UNFPA.

"Equal rights and equality for all people is crucial, whether they live in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia or here in the United States."

Concerned with women's welfare both at home and abroad, Maloney authored legislation, which passed in the FY 2000 Budget, to restore funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which was zeroed out by Congress in 1999. And, in March, 2001, Maloney introduced "The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Funding Act of 2001," which authorizes international family planning funding for the fiscal years 2002 and 2003. In 2000, Maloney received the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association's (NFPRHA) Distinguished Public Service Award.