Needs Of Released Chibok Girls Underscore Importance Of U.S. Funding For Women’s Health, UNFPA

Washington Post: How Trump’s global war on women could hurt the Chibok girls
Karen Attiah, global opinions editor at the Washington Post

“If the United States is serious about Boko Haram and #BringBackOurGirls, President Trump’s administration should #BringBackFundingForGlobalWomen. … Now, one effect of the [Chibok] girls’ release [by Boko Haram] may be to reveal how the Trump administration’s policies hurt women and girls around the world who face violence in conflict zones. … The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is the U.N.’s reproductive health agency, was completely defunded by the Trump administration … The UNFPA is tasked with providing lifesaving health care to pregnant women, particularly in conflict zones. In Nigeria, UNFPA works with women in Boko Haram-affected areas in the northeast of the country, including women and girls who have been freed by the group. The organization provides psycho-social support, shelter, bedding, doctors for health screenings (including for sexually transmitted diseases) and transportation for families to be reunited with newly freed women and girls. … Eugene Kongnyuy, UNFPA’s deputy representative in Nigeria, told me over the phone on Tuesday that the U.S. funding cuts have already hurt their ability to help kidnapped women and girls recover after being freed from Boko Haram…” (5/12).

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