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“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…

White House releases fact sheet on efforts to promote gender equality

The White House released a fact sheet titled “The Obama Administration’s Comprehensive Efforts to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Worldwide.” Among other things, the fact sheet summarizes the Administration’s efforts to address gender-based violence (GBV) and to promote gender equality through its global health and food security programs.

Administration actions and statements commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the White House released a statement from President Obama summarizing, among other things, U.S. efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the center of U.S. food security initiatives and global health programs. Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry provided remarks during the Seventh Annual…

State Department and USAID release a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012″

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012” summarizing the performance and accomplishments of the two agencies in fulfilling their diplomatic and development objectives, including efforts to address global health issues.

President Obama discusses U.S. global health efforts in State of the Union Address

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined U.S. efforts to address global poverty over the next two decades by, among other things, “empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve, and helping communities to feed, and power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s…

President Obama signs memorandum on coordination of U.S. efforts to advance gender equality globally

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum titled “Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally” which 1) directs the Secretary of State to designate an Ambassador at Large charged with leading the Office of Global Women’s Issue at the State Department, 2) ensures…

Administration official provides statement regarding UN resolution on efforts to end obstetric fistula

U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Terri Robl, provided a statement before the Third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations regarding U.S. support and co-sponsorship of a resolution titled “Support Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula”.

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

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joseph Biden released a statement reaffirming the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer announced $3 million in grants to address the link between HIV and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released resources in support of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign.

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