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.
International Women’s Day is an opportune moment to reflect on whether the the UN’s review process has had any positive impact on the reproductive and sexual health of women.
International Women’s Day demonstrations in Poland for have changed the day from one to give flowers and chocolate to women to a day to make demands to end discrimination and stereotyping.
The lack of security for women at the time of political unrest in Kenya meant that many women could not access medical help and saw no hope in reporting crimes against them.
President Obama and the new Congress can place American foreign policy firmly on the side of women’s health, and we can do it quickly, simply, without a penny of cost to the taxpayers. Just repeal the “Global Gag Rule.”
The selection of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State represents an important first step down a new path for American foreign policy — one in which women’s health and rights are paramount.
On the global gag rule, on funding for UNFPA, and on PEFPAR — who holds the office of the Presidency makes the critical difference.
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.
Since the nineties, international donor aid has shifted priority away from family planning programs in Latin America. Now women’s advocacy groups are trying to bring attention back to their region.
The Feminist Majority Foundation’s Global Women’s Rights Awardees are an awe-inspiring group of women’s rights pioneers.