Fact Sheets

Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act [S.210; H.R.671]

Posted on April 17, 2018

On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the global gag rule via presidential memorandum. The following day, the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act was introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen in the Senate with 47 cosponsors and by Representative Nita Lowey in the House with 158 cosponsors. The Global HER Act would permanently end the global gag rule by removing dangerous eligibility restrictions on international recipients of U.S. aid. Passage of the Global HER Act would guarantee that U.S. foreign aid promotes health care that is free from stigma and discrimination, prioritizes women’s health, and is consistent with the fundamental principles of the United States, including the right to free speech.

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Impact of Global Gag Rule on Women’s Health and Rights

Posted on February 26, 2018

The global gag rule is a U.S. foreign policy that – when enacted – prohibits foreign non-governmental organizations that receive U.S. family planning funds from advocating for abortion or providing abortion as a method of family planning. It does not prohibit activities around abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and life endangerment. However, it is unclear as to whether or not services are actually provided under the three exceptions.

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The DREAMS Partnership

Posted on February 12, 2018

The DREAMS Partnership is a public-private partnership between the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Girl Effect to reduce the disproportionate level of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Female genital cutting & SRHR

Posted on February 2, 2018

Female genital cutting violates human rights principles and impacts the sexual and reproductive health and rights of the 200 million women and girls who have experienced cutting.

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2017 U.S. DREAMS Partnership: Breaking Barriers to HIV Prevention for Adolescent Girls & Young Women

Posted on November 30, 2017

A 2017 field report on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U.S. DREAMS Partnership in Swaziland and Uganda

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Report Summary: 2017 U.S. DREAMS Partnership

Posted on November 30, 2017

A 2017 field report on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U.S. DREAMS Partnership in Swaziland and Uganda

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Female Condoms: A Tool for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Posted on September 14, 2017

Female condoms are currently the only available prevention method designed for women to initiate that provide effective protection against unintended pregnancy and STI and HIV transmission. They are also an important method of protection for people of all genders who engage in receptive vaginal or anal sex, as female condoms give them more agency over their sexual health. They should be a standard option in an array of available methods for contraception and STI/HIV prevention to meet women’s diverse needs and preferences.

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2016 U.S. DREAMS Partnership: Breaking Barriers to HIV Prevention for Adolescent Girls & Young Women

Posted on November 30, 2016

A 2016 field report on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U.S. DREAMS Partnership in South Africa and Kenya

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