Americans view U.S. assistance for global women’s heath programs as important, but not necessary to our own interests but these issues must form a core part of our foreign policy as much as oil, war and trade. The next administration can change that.
Neither Presidential candidate has yet pledged to restore funding to UNFPA. Both should — because when women are healthy, more economically stable and better able to participate in society, society evolves to benefit all of us.
How can we trigger passion for social justice in young people? Nothing touches people like personal connection. That’s why last year Americans for UNFPA started the Student Award for the Health and Dignity of Women.
No matter what the framers intended, we now follow a system of government that is heavily weighed toward the executive branch. So more than ever we need a President who understands the importance of global women’s health.
Where would the world be without the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? What body would have the moral authority to set the standard for nations everywhere? The answer: The United Nations.
Societies are living, evolving entities just like the people who comprise them. And when one or a few decide to change things – if they are very passionate, persistent and, one might argue, extraordinary – societies do change.
Motherhood is not fundamental to women. But even childless women have a stake in childbirth being safe because it’s such a strong indicator of the value a society places on women.
This week Americans for UNFPA launches Lifelines, a new online community. We ask women all over the world to share their stories and then compare them with the stories of others. We believe it is these shared experiences that engage people in these global challenges, create lasting relationships and lead people to action.
Our democratic presidential candidates could have provided the votes to restore funding to UNFPA, but instead, they were out campaigning.
Senate Democrats fight for global women’s health today by urging Bush to restore the long withheld funding for crucial family planning funds around the world.