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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…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in Senate

Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the following provisions:…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in House

Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th), Barbara Lee (D-CA, 13th), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 27th) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (H.R. 3177). According to a press release from Representative Lee, the bill extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS…

State Department releases fact sheet on U.S. commitment to “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

The U.S Department of State released a fact sheet titled “The United States’ Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Year Three Progress Report” summarizing U.S. financial and programmatic support aimed at “help[ing] the Alliance achieve its goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved, with amendments, the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the proposed legislation extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The amended version includes, among other things,…

FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act Released

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 3547), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

State Department releases fact sheet on “Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative”

The State Department released a fact sheet on the “Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative” (GBV Initiative). Launched in March, the initiative’s objectives include short-term assistance for survivors of GBV, targeted training and advocacy, and building and coordinating a global network to address GBV.

Secretary Kerry provides remarks at The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Secretary of State, John Kerry, provided remarks at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which took place in London from June 10-13. During his remarks, Secretary Kerry summarized, among other things, U.S. efforts to end sexual violence through an expansion of the U.S. “Safe from the Start”…

UPDATED – White House releases FY15 Budget Request

UPDATED – April 22, 2014 The White House released the FY 2015 budget request on March 4, 2014, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

Administration statements and actions commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement saying, among other things, that the “United States stands ready to protect and advance the health, education, and human rights of women and girls everywhere, because women’s progress is human progress.” Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama,…