Women’s Rights Campaigners Express Concerns Over Potential UNFPA Funding Cuts Under Trump, Travel Restrictions Imposed By U.S., Home Countries

The Guardian: Trump funding cuts would imperil tens of thousands of women, activists warn
“Funding cuts threatened by the Trump administration will jeopardize the lives of tens of thousands of women and girls, including many who have fled violence in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, campaigners warn. A total of 27 short-term U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) projects … are supported by the U.S…” (Ford, 3/17).

Inter Press Service: Travel Restrictions Cast Shadow on U.N. Women’s Meeting: Rights Groups
“Increasing travel restrictions have prevented delegates from attending this year’s U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), according to several women’s rights groups. The travel constraints go beyond U.S. President Donald Trump’s embattled travel ban on refugees and Muslim-majority countries, which was again blocked by a Federal Judge on Wednesday. … [Women’s rights groups] report that some potential delegates were surprised that they were unable to obtain U.S. visas for the U.N. meeting; others were worried about increasingly strict treatment at U.S. airports; while others were prevented from traveling by their home countries…” (Rowlands, 3/16).

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