We need to prove our commitment to international women’s health by paying our fair share. Rhetoric means nothing if we don’t back it up with resources.
The US can stand tall at this week’s UN Conference on Population and Development to secure consensus on a robust action agenda for the world and for U.S. foreign assistance.
We already have an agenda for women’s health and rights — the ICPD Program of Action — that remains unfinished. The goals of the ICPD remain as urgent as they were 15 years ago when the document was hammered out in Cairo.
We spent an enormous amount of time and energy fighting bad policy. Suddenly, that weight has been lifted. How do we keep our momentum going in a world where we can move forward instead of just trying to avoid sliding back?
For the past eight years activist communities have been organized around achieving a repeal of the global gag rule and reinstatement of US funding to UNFPA. Now that they have been met what else should the Obama administration do to promote the health and welfare of women worldwide?