Fact Sheets

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

Posted on July 5, 2017

On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the global gag rule (GGR) 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 150 cosponsors. The Global HER Act would permanently end the GGR 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 March 7, 2017

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

Posted on November 30, 2016

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

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The DREAMS Partnership

Posted on November 30, 2016

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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U.S. Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls & SRHR

Posted on October 11, 2016

Sixty-two million girls are not in school and 250 million adolescent girls are living in poverty worldwide. To address this global challenge, in March of 2016, the U.S. Department of State released the United States Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls. What does it mean for SRHR?

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Zika (With EndNotes)

Posted on September 29, 2016

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus with symptoms that include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, and headache, which last from several days to a week.

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Zika

Posted on September 29, 2016

Human rights are at the core of sexual and reproductive health and rights and serve as a critical roadmap to addressing health crises such as the Zika outbreak. Global health responses must be founded in these rights to help protect the rights of women before, during, and after pregnancy, regardless of disease.

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Report Summary: All Women, All Rights, Sex Workers Included:

Posted on July 17, 2016

Too often, female sex workers (FSWs) are excluded from policymaking conversations about their own sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). FSWs experience significant unmet sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) needs related to HIV/AIDS, family planning, sexual health, maternal health, and gender-based violence. Yet, the global response to the health of FSWs has focused largely on HIV, at times to the exclusion of other vital SRHR needs.

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