Day: February 2, 2017

Trump’s even worse for women than we thought – It’s time to stand up

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Written by GEN co-founder and Associate Chair for Partnership Development, Prof Julia Rouse.

Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre at Manchester Met

The Global Fund for Women blogged today that ‘It’s worse than we thought’. Yesterday, a photo was released of a group of white men issuing the ‘Global Gagging’ edict that all reproductive clinics supported through US aid that counsel on safe abortion services will lose ALL their funding. Not just funding for abortion services, all the money they rely on to do contraceptive and HIV/AIDS work in areas where – by definition – that help is unavailable, so must be supported through aid. What are these doctors supposed to do – not tell women about their options even when pregnancies are unsafe, desperately unwanted and affordable or the result of abuse?

Simultaneously, the White House website has been stripped of equalities pages, leaving the LGBTI community out in the cold, as well as women. That Trump chose to do this so early into office shows the symbolic value of control of women…

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