Trump's pick to helm US State Department offices tasked with protecting refugees and victims of conflict is an anti-immigrant hardliner and ideologue. In light of the abusive US border policies enacted in recent weeks, this appointment represents yet another step away from fundamental standards of human rights.
At a time when sexual and reproductive health and rights are under threat globally, Dr. Kanem’s experience and commitment to women’s rights are especially critical. UNFPA is the largest international provider of contraceptives and other family planning services, and a vital player in the furthering the gender equality component of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The committee passage of a funding bill would mitigate the harm of Trump’s attacks on sexual and reproductive health.
Brazil recently declared the Zika emergency over, but for those living in the most at-risk areas, the virus is a constant threat.
The Global Gag Rule will now be applied to all US global health aid, which will have devastating impact.
The Trump Administration announced the elimination of US funding for the UNFPA, a major blow to global women’s health.