[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E203]
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                         WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD


                       HON. BRADLEY S. SCHNEIDER

                              of illinois

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  Mr. SCHNEIDER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today because Lake County, 
Illinois is rising. Lake County has joined One Billion Rising around 
the world to stand up for justice, equality and women's rights.
  This initiative started two years ago because the United Nations 
reported that one-in-three women will be victims of rape or other 
gender-based violence in their lifetimes.
  That tragic statistic is simply unacceptable. That is why the global 
community has joined together to rise up to end this violence and work 
towards equality and justice for all.
  This February 14th, one billion, in more than 200 countries, will 
rise, and I am most proud that Lake County will join this historic 
effort and rise up for justice.
  One Billion Rising celebrates the empowerment of women and girls 
around the world, bringing people together in a joyous expression of 
freedom and strength.
  Around the world, one billion people stood up last year and danced in 
support of justice. And true justice must include all facets of life: 
at home; at work; before the law; and everywhere else in society.
  Every woman and girl deserves the freedom and confidence to live 
free, absent of fear.
  Perhaps the single most effective tool in this campaign for justice 
is education. Education is how we improve our lives, and how we help 
others improve theirs. Education allows women and girls throughout the 
world to rise up and achieve their full potential.
  Mr. Speaker, these committed men and women of Lake County have shown 
an inspiring dedication and resolve to stand for justice. I thank 
everyone involved in this year's celebration for their work and for 
showing that Lake County is strong, Lake County is committed, Lake 
County is rising!