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Joint Gender Community Statement on Foreign Assistance Funding

Posted on May 3, 2017 by Devon O'Reilly

Women Thrive Alliance, alongside 117 other organizations in the gender community, call on the U.S. Congress in a joint statement to renew and protect funding for foreign assistance in the FY18 appropriation process. Women Thrive is especially concerned by the proposed drastic funding cuts for development and global health, because of the disproportionate effect this will have on women and girls. 

Last month, at Women Thrive we expressed our deep concern about the Trump administration’s actions toward gender equality thus far. Since far-reaching cuts to the International Affairs Budget are anticipated, Women Thrive, along with our over 260 members, are gravely concerned about the be detrimental impact on the proposed budget could have on the well-being of people around the world, especially that of women and girls.

Women Thrive and our Alliance members also urge U.S. Congress to ensure that the U.S.' contribution and commitment to gender equality worldwide and international frameworks, such as Agenda 2030, are upheld. To date, the Trump administration has repeatedly sent a troubling message to the global women’s rights community and social change organizations: this administration does not support and nor will it strengthen the global movement for gender equality.

This is why Women Thrive is proud to join this group of organizations from the gender community to call on Congress to support a robust foreign assistance budget. 

The statement from the gender community will be shared with the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney. 

The full text of the joint statement from over 100 organizations in the gender community can be read here.

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