Advocates Should Urge Governments To Commit To Advancing Women’s Reproductive Rights At U.N.’s CSW
Rewire.News: We Can’t Let the Trump Administration Dismantle Women’s Rights Around the World
Anu Kumar, president and CEO of Ipas
“…Access to safe and legal abortion is as relevant to gender equality as women’s equal access to education, employment, adequate food, and housing — it puts women’s and girls’ lives, health, and human rights at the core of human development. [The U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)] should be a space for advancing women’s rights; not a platform for their destruction￼. The Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the global commitment to advancing women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights is stunningly out of step with international agreements and treaties that have consistently called for the full realization of sexual and reproductive rights, including access to safe, legal abortion. … As language negotiations step up next week inside the U.N., advocates for sexual and reproductive rights must continue to lobby their governments to oppose pressure by the U.S. government to eradicate progress on women’s rights. … We cannot allow the Trump administration to dismantle a human rights framework that puts women’s health and well-being at its center…” (3/19).