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.
Women & Girls
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.
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.
- State Department Fact Sheet: “Fast Facts on the U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Gender-based Violence”
- State Department DipNote Blog: “War’s Silent Scourge: Sexual Violence Against Women”
- State Department DipNote Blog: “During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Working Together To End a Global Scourge”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: Let’s Eliminate Gender Violence”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: U.S. and Afghan Governments Partner to Combat Human Trafficking”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: Invisible Women: Violence Against Women with Disabilities”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: Preventing Violence Against Children and Women”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: A Helping Hand for Trafficking Victims in Uzbekistan”
- USAID Impact Blog: “Seeking Justice: Investigating and Prosecuting Gender-Based Violence”
State Department and USAID release "National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security" implementation plans
The Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) each released an implementation plan for the “National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security,” which was issued by the White House in December 2011 and has a stated goal “to empower half the world’s population to act as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity.” Both implementation plans include provisions addressing health and gender-based violence.
Department of State:
- Press release announcing release of implementation plan
- “United States Department of State Implementation of the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security” (PDF)
- Press release announcing release of implementation plan
- “USAID Implementation of the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security” (PDF)
- IMPACTblog post: “USAID Women, Peace and Security Implementation Plan”
Administration releases global strategy on gender-based violence and President Obama issues Executive Order directing implementation of the Strategy
The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally.” According to a State Department press release, the Strategy “outlines four key objectives: increase coordination of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts among U.S. Government agencies and with other stakeholders; to enhance integration of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into existing U.S. Government work; to improve collection, analysis, and use of data and research to enhance gender-based violence prevention and response efforts; and to enhance or expand U.S. Government programming that addresses gender-based violence.”
President Obama issued an Executive Order on “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally,” to enhance the Administration’s efforts to address gender-based violence (GBV). According to a White House fact sheet, the Strategy creates an interagency working group co-chaired by the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and directs the interagency working group to implement the Strategy.
- USAID press release on the Strategy
- White House blog post titled “Progress Toward a World Without Violence Against Women and Girls”
- State Department DipNote blog post titled “U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally”
- USAID IMPACT blog post titled “Preventing and Responding to Gender-based Violence Globally”
During the XIX International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, DC between July 22 and July 27, the Administration provided numerous resources, including blog posts and factsheets, summarizing the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, numerous Administration officials participated in the Conference including Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. A summary of Administration resources and speeches is provided below.
President Obama provided a video message welcoming the XIX International AIDS Conference attendees. The White house also released several fact sheets on HIV/AIDS surrounding the conference.
- HIV/AIDS Prevention
- HIV/AIDS Treatment
- The Global AIDS Epidemic
- HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination
During remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed efforts to shift the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from an emergency response to one that builds “sustainable health systems that will help us finally win this fight and deliver an AIDS-free generation.” Secretary Clinton also announced an additional $80 million to address mother to child transmission of HIV and an additional $37 million dedicated to new efforts to reach key populations.
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby participated in a panel discussion where he discussed efforts to improve aid efficiency and effectiveness in the HIV response. During a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response,” Ambassador Eric Goosby announced that $5 million from PEPFAR would be provided to Together for Girls, “a partnership between public, private, UN and U.S. Government agencies that addresses violence against children.”
- PEPFAR Launches Labs For Life with Partners, a $20 million partnership to “to help strengthen healthcare and laboratory systems in the developing world.”
- Progress on Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation
USAID participated in various events at the XIX International AIDS Conference including a satellite event that featured discussion of “the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.”
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference and announced a series of innovative public-private partnerships to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Secretary Sebelius also provided remarks at a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response.”
During a plenary session at the XIX International AIDS Conference, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the scientific advancements of the HIV/AIDS response. NIH also presented the latest AIDS research including treatment as prevention and the dapivirine vaginal ring.
- Several White House officials provided video messages describing “How Far We’ve Come on AIDS”
- Dr. Jill Biden Views the AIDS Memorial Quilt
- AIDS Memorial Quilt in the White House
- Trade and Access to Medicines: Working to Make the Two Go Hand in Hand
- Ask the Expert: Administrator Shah on the AIDS fight
- African Leaders Call for Scale up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in East and Southern Africa
- The Journey of Life for Children Living with HIV – From Diagnosis to Adulthood
- From Evidence to Action: What Works for Women and Girls
- Social Media and Mobile @ AIDS 2012
- USG @ AIDS 2012: How to Talk About a “Cure”
- AIDS 2012: HIV in Gay and Bisexual Men
- USG @ AIDS 2012 Video: Dr. Koh and Ambassador Goosby
- The Global Perspective on HIV/AIDS and Mental Health
- 25 Years of HIV/AIDS Training has Transformed the Research Landscape
- USG @ AIDS 2012 Video: Dr. Koh and Dr. Daulaire
- Answering the Call to Action with Science
- USG at AIDS 2012: Video with Dr. Anthony Fauci
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Addresses AIDS 2012
- Secretary Sebelius Addresses Opening Session of AIDS 2012
- AIDS 2012: Measuring Progress by Lives Saved
- A Historical Perspective on the International AIDS Conference
- US Leads Effort to Build on Success in HIV Vaccine Science
- AIDS 2012 and HRSA
- Peace Corps Volunteers Contribute to Sustainable Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
- New Media Sessions and Activities at AIDS 2012
- NIH Leadership at the XIX International AIDS Conference
- AIDS 2012: Listening, Learning and Working Together to Help Turn the Tide
- Our Research in Kenya: Finding Ways to Improve HIV Treatment Access and Outcomes
- Making Every Dollar Count in the Fight against Global HIV/AIDS
Department of Labor:
- Area: Administration
- Information Type: Statements & Speeches, Events & Hearings, Reports & Factsheets, Announcement
- Organization/Initiative: PEPFAR, USAID, State Dept., White House, HHS, NIH, CDC, DoL
- Issue/Condition: HIV/AIDS, Women & Girls, Maternal & Child Health, Health System Strengthening (HSS)