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Ambassador Goosby highlights efforts to end violence against girls through "Together for Girls Partnership"

In a DipNote blog post titled “Together for Girls Partnership: Ending Sexual Violence Against Girls”, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized efforts of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to prevent and address the health impacts of sexual violence against girls through the Together for Girls Partnership.

President Obama releases “National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security” and issues executive order directing implementation of the plan

President Obama released “United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security” and issued an executive order directing implementation of the plan. The stated goal of the plan is “to empower half the world’s population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence and insecurity.” The plan includes provisions addressing health.

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Administration releases “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document”

The Administration released “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document,” which includes information on the operational plan, targets, and implementation of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Administration statements and actions commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, President Obama released a statement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a video message, Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, released a statement, and both the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) highlighted the 100th anniversary in multiple blog postings.

S.Res. 90 – Supporting the goals of `International Women’s Day’ and recognizing this year’s centennial anniversary of International Women’s Day

Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “supports the goals of ‘International Women’s Day’” and “reaffirms its commitment to ending discrimination and violence against women and girls, to ensuring the safety and welfare of women and girls, and to pursuing policies that guarantee the basic human rights of women and girls worldwide.”

Administration releases “Global Health Initiative Supplemental Guidance on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle”

The Administration released the “Global Health Initiative Supplemental Guidance on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle,” which expands upon the goals and programming recommendations for women, girls, and gender equity under the GHI and includes specific requirements for GHI country strategies.

USAID establishes new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Highlighting the role of women in “eliminating hunger, mitigating the effects of global climate change, and drastically reducing maternal mortality”, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced the transformation of the Economic, Growth, Agriculture, and Trade’s Women in Development Office into a new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment that will focus “on building partnerships that can deliver results.”

Administration releases “U.S. Strategy to Address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”

The U.S. Strategy to Address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo outlines four key objectives: 
    1. “Reduce impunity for perpetrators of SGBV; 
    2. Increase prevention of and protection against SGBV for vulnerable populations; 
    3. Improve the capacity of the security sector to address SGBV; and 
    4. Increase access to quality services for survivors of SGBV.”

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S. 414 – International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011

Among other things, the bill states that “child marriage undermines United States investments in foreign assistance . . . to reduce maternal and child mortality, reduce maternal illness, halt the transmission of HIV/AIDS [and] prevent gender-based violence.” The bill requires the President to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and authorizes the President to implement a variety of foreign assistance programs directed at the needs of girls including “access to water and suitable hygiene facilities . . . [and] access to health care services and proper nutrition for adolescent girls.” The bill authorizes “such sums as necessary.”