Friday April 15, 2011 | 01:58 PM

A resolution in support of international women’s rights and political participation in light of events in the Middle East and North Africa was approved unanimously Thursday night by the Senate.

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, took the lead on the resolution, which was co-sponsored by the other 16 female senators from both parties, including Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
“I applaud this chamber’s affirmation of the belief that equality is essential to the success and stability of any government,” Snowe said in a statement.  “Ongoing challenges in North Africa and the Middle East will not be resolved without the fair and equal participation of women in the formation of new governments.  In light of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s troubling contention that women have been excluded from key government transitions in Egypt and Tunisia, the Senate’s unanimous approval of this resolution and these universal liberties is more critical now than ever.”

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