Advocates, Policymakers, Donors Must ‘Stand Up And Resist’ Trump Administration Policies That Disempower Women Worldwide

Huffington Post: Trump’s Anti-Woman Administration and his First 100 Days. The Time to Act is Now.
Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

“…Trump has done everything in his power to disempower women — their health, their well-being, their human rights. If the first 100 days are an indication of what to expect from this administration, the time is now for advocates, U.S. policymakers, and global leaders to stand up and resist. … From the discriminatory travel ban to an expanded global gag rule to budget cuts to State Department and USAID, [Trump’s] extremist policies should not stand unchallenged. An organized resistance must challenge the Trump administration from multiple angles. Researchers, journalists, and advocates must collect evidence and document the impact of these policies to inform policy solutions that repair harm. Congress must bolster their oversight role: gather support and build momentum among lawmakers to support a robust U.S. foreign assistance agenda that promotes global health and human rights. Advocates must create a united front across global health, development, and human rights to protest and mobilize support for the health and rights of women, girls, and other marginalized populations. … [A]ll donors must intensify their efforts to not only fill the funding gaps for sexual and reproductive health services, but to fund the research and advocacy agendas that are needed over the next four years and beyond. The time to stand up and resist is now” (4/27).

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