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Trump plan to end funding to women’s issues bureau revealed

By WITW Staff on April 26, 2017

While President Donald Trump was congratulating first daughter Ivanka “for her leadership” in women’s empowerment and her participation in the W20 Women’s Summit on Tuesday in Berlin, Foreign Policy revealed plans by the president to strip all funding from a State Department bureau dedicated to promoting women’s advancement in developing countries. According to documents released to Foreign Policy, Trump’s proposed budget plan would eliminate funding for the Office of Global Women’s Issues by 2018. In order to make room for more military spending, the plan would also eliminate USAID’s budget for working with blind children and 95 percent of funds allotted to the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

According to Musimbi Kanyoro, president of the Global Fund for Women, the office of Global Women’s Issues had helped “[amplify] the voices of grassroots women’s leaders and enacted important policies like the U.S. global strategy to empower adolescent girls, which carried the potential to ensure more girls globally are educated, healthy and free from violence.”

“This proposed budget sends an alarming signal about the primacy the US government accords to women’s human rights,” said Kanyoro. “An action like this de-prioritizes women and girls and holds the threat that we will actually see global women’s rights recede rather than advance under the watch of this administration.”

Oxfam America vice president for policy Paul O’Brien was even less optimistic.

“It’s clear that women’s empowerment and gender equality are on the chopping block in this budget,” O’Brien declared.

Read the full story at The Independent.


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