On Monday, October 3, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will meet with 40 women entrepreneurs from 36 African nations participating in the 2011 African Women's Entrepreneurship Program, at the U.S. Department of State.
The African Women's Entrepreneurship Program is a people-to-people exchange that connects women and enhances their ability to be key economic drivers in communities and countries worldwide.
While feminists such as Clinton will applaud such a program, many wonder when these same individuals will address the rampant violence and sexual assault against women and girls in many African nations.
"This meeting with Hillary is a photo-op for progressives to feel good about themselves. Entrepreneurship? African women find themselves blessed if they're not murdered or raped," said political strategist Mike Baker.
"From a law enforcement perspective, the African continent is a vast prison camp for females who are treated far worse than cattle and animal livestock. The penalty for poaching Ivory is far tougher than the penalty for raping a teenager," said former New York police officer Edie Santiago.
Several other police officers, many of whom investigate sex crimes, believe Clinton would be performing more of a service if she worked to stop the violence in Africa and stop the politically-correct attitudes prevalent in the U.S. State Department.