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Register for our @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project's webinar on Sep 30th at 8:30 AM EDT!
Panelists from @PanziUSA & Mama (@jmckinneypt @lauraekeyser) will discuss the impact of physical rehabilitation in #fistula & maternity care.

#FistulaCareOnline
http://bit.ly/PT-fistula

Only 30% of countries are reporting sex-disaggregated data on cases and deaths during #COVID19. We must prioritize collecting comprehensive data to fully understand and respond to the dynamics of this crisis.

Read more in @Devex: https://bit.ly/3mnjNsu

As part of @womeninGH, @WagnerFound & @ForeignPolicy's #WGHSecuritySummit, we've joined a diverse group of governments & organizations in making commitments to work towards a gender-equal, post-COVID world.

See all the commitments here: https://lnkd.in/eUSBMqR

#COVID5050 #UNGA

"While women provide $3 trillion of care annually, half of that is unpaid...We're asking for a new social contract for women in health that recognizes & values their contribution.” -@RoopaDhatt

Read more in @womeninGH’s brief on health security & women: https://bit.ly/3iPi6BT.

Dr. Ajay Khera, our Country Representative for India, emphasized the importance of private sector engagement in achieving universal health coverage & strengthening health outcomes in #India at @SHOPSPlus' recent webinar. View his speech at 16 min here: https://bit.ly/2H57Yao

Register today! Our @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project, with partners @PanziUSA & Mama (@jmckinneypt @lauraekeyser), are hosting a webinar on integrating physical therapy into fistula & maternity care on Sep 30th at 8:30 AM EDT.

#FistulaCareOnline
http://bit.ly/PT-fistula

New Report: COVID-19 Global Health Security Depends on Women: Rebalancing the unequal social contract for women

Check it out to learn what you can do.
https://covid5050.org/report/
#COVID5050 #WGHSecuritySummit #UNGA #COVID19 #GenderEquality #SDG3 #SDG5 #GlobalGoals #SDGs

Depuis quelques jours se tient l'atelier d’élaboration du rapport de l’évaluation du Plan d’Action National Budgétisé Planification Familiale (PANBPF 2016 – 2020) avec la présence et l'appuie financier de @EngenderHealth et ses PTF.
@SOROAboudouN @nenef

And that's a wrap on #WGHSecuritySummit at the #UNGA. Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees!

What's next? ➡️➡️ putting our words into action!

Learn more about the pledges that came in from global institutions and governments: https://bit.ly/32D8PXZ

We've committed to ensure fair representation of women in leadership, publish gender pay gap data and collect sex- & age-disaggregated data as part of @womeninGH, @WagnerFound & @ForeignPolicy's #WGHSecuritySummit: https://bit.ly/2HaAuYd #COVID5050

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The Global Gag Rule

The Expanded Global Gag Rule, officially titled Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA), denies foreign NGOs receiving US government assistance the right to use their own, non-US government funds to provide information, referrals or services for legal abortion or advocate to reduce legal restrictions on abortion in their countries. Under the terms of the policy, in order for an organization to remain eligible for US government funds, doctors, midwives, nurses, and civil society advocates cannot even mention the word abortion—much less provide abortion services—even for cases in which abortion is legal in their country and a woman requests it. Organizations that choose not to meet these restrictions lose all US government funding, including for essential supplies of contraceptives.

President Ronald Reagan first established the Global Gag Rule in 1984. It was later rescinded by President Bill Clinton, reestablished by President George W. Bush, and rescinded again by President Barack Obama. President Donald J. Trump reinstated and expanded the Global Gag Rule in 2017 and expanded it again in June 2019. 

Impact of the Global Gag Rule

Though the purported intent of the policy is to reduce the number of abortions, it has terrible consequences for the health and lives of poor women and their families, including increasing the number of unsafe abortions. Implementation of the Global Gag Rule has resulted in people in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East losing US government-donated contraceptives, and many organizations and clinics have been forced to reduce services, lay off staff, or shut down entirely.

EngenderHealth is a charitable organization focused on family planning, reproductive health, and maternal, newborn, and child health. Since the Global Gag Rule was first implemented in 1984, we have led US government funded programs at the country, regional, and global levels, addressing a range of US global health policy objectives, including advancing family planning, preventing HIV/AIDS, and improving maternal health.

As a US-based organization, EngenderHealth is not directly subject to the gag rule, but, because we work closely with organizations based in other countries and regions, the PLGHA restrictions have a significant impact on our operations, our compliance requirements, our partnerships, and our ability to improve health outcomes through our programs.

EngenderHealth is firmly committed to supporting women and girls in exercising their comprehensive sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to safe abortion. With support from donors other than the US government, EngenderHealth is actively engaged in expanding access to safe abortion for all who need it through a holistic approach involving work with individuals, communities, health systems, civil society, and more.

As EngenderHealth implements programs that yield life-saving and life-changing results, we have a laser-like focus on excellent stewardship of the funds generously granted to us by all our donor partners, which includes scrupulously following the laws and policies of the United States, where we are based, and of the countries where we work. We devote significant organizational resources at all levels to compliance.

Unfortunately, the US policy framework around abortion care, including PLGHA, reduces everyone’s ability to truly meet the health needs of women in those communities, and increases the instances of unsafe abortions and the associated negative health outcomes. These policies even restrict programs supported by funds from sources other than the US government, such as private foundations or other national governments, when we work in partnership with non-US organizations, simply because those partner organizations happen to receive US government funding for other work they do.

For more detail on the impacts, see our more detailed brief on the Global Gag Rule.

 

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