Empowering Women Globally
Women and girls around the world deserve education, economic opportunity, safety, and health care, including reproductive freedom.
Promoting gender equality, advancing people’s health and well-being, and upholding human rights so all people are free from violence and discrimination are essential to ensuring economic, social, and political empowerment for women and girls. When women are empowered, their countries are more peaceful and prosperous, benefitting our own national security.
- Keeping Girls in Schools Act (H.R. 2153) (116th)
Today, 130 million girls are not enrolled in school. When girls hit adolescence, they are most at risk of dropping out due to forced marriage, pregnancy, or family pressure. The Keeping Girls in School Act provides USAID with the tools to address and reduce barriers keeping girls from school at the secondary level and codifies the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, requiring an update every five years.
- Global HER Act (H.R. 556)
The Trump Administration reinstated and expanded the Global Gag Rule, which bans foreign NGOs that receive U.S. health funding from even providing referrals for abortion. It forces providers to choose between their global health assistance and providing patients with comprehensive care and has led to the closure of clinics around the world. The Global HER Act would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule.