If I had a billion dollars, I know exactly how I would spend it: improving women’s access to family planning in the world’s poorest communities.
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?
In her new book “The Means of Reproduction,” Michelle Goldberg puts forth a convincing argument that women’s liberation worldwide is key to solving some of our most daunting problems.
President Obama’s restoration of funding to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, sends a strong message to the world’s women that the new president’s promise of change is more than just a political slogan.
The just-passed 2009 omnibus spending bill contains $50 million for UNFPA. But the agency remaining the bete noir of influential conservatives, and the controversy over the U.S. contribution to it isn’t going away.
Tremendous progress has been made in recognizing and codifying women’s rights internationally. But we’ve had limited success in realizing those rights.
Obama has created a new State Department position to be an ambassador for international women’s issues.
President Obama’s announcement of his intention to work with Congress to release funding for UNFPA shows the world that the United States wants women around the globe to be able to enjoy what women in the United States have already achieved.
A word of warning to African governments: don’t wait for Obama alone to provide contraceptive security for your female citizens.
As the world marks International Women’s Day on March 8, the United States is poised to reassert progressive leadership on a wide range of global sexual and reproductive health issues.