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USAID releases report on women’s equality and empowerment

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new report titled, “Women’s Lives and Challenges: Equality and Empowerment since 2000.” According to a USAID press release, the report “evaluates trends in women’s employment, domestic decision-making, exposure to violence, and access to education and health care.”

Secretary Kerry releases statement commemorating International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) saying, among other things, that “[t]he United States is committed to stemming the tide of this gross injustice and to improving healthcare for women and children suffering from…

Administration statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women noting, among other things, that “gender-based violence not only undermines human rights, but poses significant obstacles to public health, economic and social development, and long lasting peace.” U.S. Permanent Representative…

Administration official provides closing remarks at Third International Family Planning Conference

U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne Richard, provided closing remarks at the Third International Family Planning Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During her remarks, Assistant Secretary Richard discussed, among other things, the role that meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of women…

Secretary Kerry provides remarks at Third International Conference on Family Planning

Secretary of State Kerry provided video remarks to the Third International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In his remarks, Secretary Kerry stated, among other things, that the “United States and our partners must continue our life-saving work to advocate for sexual health and reproductive rights. That includes…

“Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representative Yvette Clark (D-NY, 9th) introduced the “Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013” (H.R. 3206). Among other things, the bill authorizes U.S. assistance for developing countries in support of achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), reducing the incidence of unsafe abortions, and ensuring the provision…

Secretary Kerry announces new initiative to address gender-based violence in global humanitarian emergencies

Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new U.S. initiative titled “Safe from the Start” that is aimed at addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in global humanitarian emergencies. According to a State Department press release, the U.S. will provide an initial commitment of $10 million and will “coordinate with other donors…

“Global Food Security Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) and Aaron Schock (R-IL, 18th) introduced the “Global Food Security Act of 2013” (H.R. 2822). According to press releases from both Representative McCollum and Representative Schock, the “Global Food Security Act: Directs the President to develop a multi-agency strategy for global food and nutrition. Creates…

“Education for All Act of 2013″ introduced in House; includes global health components

Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) and Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8th) introduced the “Education for All Act of 2011” (H.R. 2780).  While the proposed bill is primarily focused on achieving universal basic education, it also includes improving health conditions as part of the guiding principles and overall education strategy. Specifically, the…

Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Global Partnerships Act of 2013” (H.R. 1793). According to a press release from Representative Connolly, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system by, among other things, “restoring the U.S. Agency for International Development’s policy and budget functions and identifying eight concise goals for…