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House Republicans Release CR Proposing To Cut $100B From FY11 Budget

House Republican leaders on Friday evening released legislation “designed to fund the rest of the fiscal year, which includes $100 billion in discretionary spending cuts compared with President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget request,” National Journal reports.

Advocates Say Ending Violence Against Women Must Be Top Priority For U.N. Women

Nearly three quarters (72 percent) of women’s rights advocates say ending violence against women must be a top priority for U.N. Women, according to a report released Wednesday at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, Inter Press Service reports. Released a day ahead of the official launch of the new agency, the “Blueprint for U.N. Women” survey, commissioned by the groups Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Oxfam, outlines “the views and efforts, documented in the report, of some 100 civil society organisations working in over 75 countries on human rights, gender equality and social justice,” according to the news service (D’Almeida, 2/24).

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee On Africa, Global Health Gains 7 New Members

“The subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that oversees international health issues, including infectious disease, maternal and child health and global health programs, and population programs, as well as human rights issues and agencies, has seven new members,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” reports and “profiles…

President Obama Announces $155M In Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“President Barack Obama [on Tuesday] approved an additional $155 million of humanitarian aid and announced it himself in order to underscore to the Syrian people and the international community the U.S. commitment to assisting Syrians and other refugees in need of immediate, lifesaving assistance as a result of [Syrian President…

Researchers, Organizations Urge Secretary Of State Kerry To Support AIDS Funding

“Saying they are ‘gravely concerned about reports that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests for PEPFAR and the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] fail to provide adequate resources,’ researchers and physicians from programs, centers and institutions leading the international AIDS response sent a letter to Secretary of State…

U.S. Foreign Aid Is ‘Good Value’

“Unfortunately, most Americans don’t realize what a good value our foreign assistance efforts are,” and “[m]ost would be surprised to learn that foreign aid amounts to only about one percent of the federal budget,” Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, writes in a Baltimore Sun opinion piece. She…

Speculation Continues Over Possible Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program

“The U.S. Food for Peace, a food aid program with an annual $2 billion price tag, is reportedly being considered to be replaced with a more direct cash donation system, angering [some] senators and grassroots organizations,” Devex’s “Pennsylvania Ave.” blog reports. “No official announcement has come out yet, but at least 20…

Global Gender Equality Critical For Successful Development Programs

“Many steps have been taken during the Obama administration to elevate the issues of global gender equality,” but “[p]erhaps the most critical thus far occurred on January 30, 2013, when President Obama signed a presidential memorandum focusing on these issues,” contributor Juliana Thong writes in the “Global Washington” blog. She outlines the…