It has been a difficult yr for women. Emboldened by the rise of conservatism, ideologues ramped up their efforts to assault sexual and reproductive rights worldwide. The election of Donald Trump within the United States continued its ripple results, with severely negative implications for women and women globally. From makes an attempt to roll again abortion rights in Brazil, Poland, and the United States to the inclusion of recognized “hate groups” on a US delegation to the United Nations, it was a yr to reckon with.
Yet, troublesome occasions spotlight the resilience of the women’s motion. The International Women’s Health Coalition, our grantee companions, and numerous individuals who consider in rights banded collectively on this wrestle. With braveness, experience and solidarity, we’re resisting, persisting, and advancing an agenda for women and women daily. Below, are some vibrant spots.
Strengthened Resistance in Washington, DC
IWHC participated within the now historic Women’s March on Washington, and sister manifestations on almost every continent, in January 2017. We supported and joined the march with delight, understanding that the subsequent few years would require resilience and strengthened partnerships with sister teams throughout the United States.
Thus, when the Trump administration threatened to dismantle the mission of the Barack Obama-era Let Girls Learn initiative in May—a signature US program dedicated to schooling for women worldwide—IWHC mobilized broad advocacy coalitions in Washington, DC to make sure its survival. Within a number of days, the administration backtracked, and at present the mission of Let Girls Learn continues.
We additionally supported the Keeping Girls in School Act to protect the mission of the US Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls—committing the US authorities to fund international packages that help all elements of women’ lives, from their education to their sexual and reproductive health.
Defended Abortion Rights
Just in the future after President Trump reinstated and drastically expanded the Global Gag Rule—stopping any overseas group that receives US international health funding from even mentioning abortion—the Dutch Government introduced the She Decides initiative to mitigate the hole. IWHC joined governments and civil society organizations from all over the world to launch She Decides, and pledged: to proceed funding feminist organizations worldwide, to press for international insurance policies in help of abortion rights and reproductive health, and to carry the US authorities accountable.
While the cash raised by means of She Decides might be a lifeline, this initiative alone can’t offset the dangerous impacts of the rule. Seeking a long-term answer, IWHC backed and supported the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, an effort to completely repeal the Global Gag Rule. The Global HER Act is a vital step in the direction of defending women’s lives and regaining their autonomy.
Kept Global Cooperation Alive
The US could also be shifting towards growing isolation and a retrenchment from worldwide diplomacy, however there’s hope for women’s rights on the United Nations. In June, our advocacy in coalition with LGBTI and reproductive rights organizations contributed to two resolutions on the UN Human Rights Council reaffirming the autonomy of women and women, the significance of sexuality schooling, and the fitting to regulate all issues associated to at least one’s sexuality. Several nations introduced forth new language that strengthens sexual and reproductive rights by condemning patriarchal norms, urging the repeal of legal guidelines that criminalize the actions or behaviors of women and women, and recognizing the heightened danger of sexual and reproductive rights violations in humanitarian settings.
Ensured Women and Girls Count
Millions of women and women are at present invisible to governments and policymakers as a result of very important knowledge about their lives is just not being recorded. This yr, IWHC labored to point out the extent of the info hole and its dire penalties as half of Equal Measures 2030—an unbiased civil society and personal sector-led partnership that envisions a world the place gender equality is achieved. At the UN General Assembly, Equal Measures succeeded in showing that policymakers in a number of nations displayed a disturbing hole in information concerning the gender realities of their nations. Our demand for knowledge can’t be ignored, and Equal Measures will proceed to difficulty analysis and instruments within the coming yr.
Funded the Feminist Movement
With a steady decline in funding for women’s rights teams, IWHC acted as a counterforce, injecting elevated funds to women’s organizations and particular person feminist leaders throughout 40 nations to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and women. These teams use a variety of methods to guard and increase entry to protected and authorized abortion, together with pursuing authorized and coverage change; educating health staff; constructing networks of pro-choice docs and legal professionals; making certain women and women can simply entry correct details about abortion providers; and preventing makes an attempt to rollback present rights.
There is not any scarcity of expertise and power to safe our rights. The future is certainly, feminist.