Women's Center Global Women's Issues

For information on global women's issues, click on the links below.

Some of the issues affecting women across the globe include:

The Global Gag Rule
On January 22, 2001, his first official day in office and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, US President George W. Bush issued an executive order reinstating the "global gag rule," a Reagan/Bush Sr. policy that bars family planning programs outside the U.S. that receive federal aid from using separate, private monies for abortion counseling, services, referrals, and lobbying activities targeting their own government. Under this policy, international family planning programs that provide a wide range of resources, including gynecological exams, AIDS prevention and treatment, and contraception, are forced to lose a large percentage of their operating costs, or to discontinue services formerly paid for by private dollars. With no other option, young women in developing nations will again turn to illegal abortions, too many of them dying as a result of serious infections.

Source: Feminist Majority Foundation

Economic Security
Women perform two-thirds of all labor and produce more than half of the world's food. Yet, women own only about one percent of the world's assets, and represent 70 percent of those living in absolute poverty. We support efforts that increase women's ability to contribute to and benefit from economic growth and development.

Violence Against Women
The abuse of women and girls is endemic in most societies around the world. One in three women will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise violated in her lifetime. Rape as a weapon of war is a feature of conflicts from Sudan to Iraq. We support programs that offer immediate services to victims of violence, raise awareness about their rights and advocate for an end to all forms of violence.

Two-thirds of the world's uneducated children are girls, and two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults are women. Numerous studies have demonstrated that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children, and the long-term success of developing economies. We invest in programs that ensure access to education for women and girls at all stages of their lives.

In developing countries maternal mortality is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age. Women and girls lack access to the most basic health care services and are at the highest risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Our grants educate women about basic health and sanitation practices, demand government accountability for ensuring good public health policy and provide critical services to the most under-served populations.

Although women make up 51 percent of the world's population, they hold only 16 percent of parliamentary and congressional seats worldwide. Their presence in corporate and civic leadership positions remains limited by entrenched gender bias. Women's civic and political participation is essential to the achievement of open and democratic societies. We support women's leadership in civic organizations, in local government and in decision-making bodies at the highest levels of governance.

Source: Global Fund for Women


For more information on global women's issues, click on the links below:

Women for Women Internationalmobilizes women to change their lives by bringing a holistic approach to addressing the unique needs of women in conflict Women for Women Internationaland post-conflict environments. We begin by working with women who may have lost everything in conflict and often have nowhere else to turn. Participation in our one-year program launches women on a journey from victim to survivor to active citizen. We identify services to support graduates of the program as they continue to strive for greater social, economic and political participation in their communities.

Pathfinder Internationalbelieves that reproductive health is a basic human right. When parents can choose the timing of pregnancies and the size of their families, women's lives are improved and children grow up healthier. Pathfinder Pathfinder InternationalInternational provides women, men, and adolescents throughout the developing world with access to quality family planning and reproductive health information and services. Pathfinder works to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, to provide care to women suffering from the complications of unsafe abortion, and to advocate for sound reproductive health policies in the U.S. and abroad.

MADREis an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address MADREissues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote long-term development and social justice.

Global Fund for WomenThe Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. We advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.

Global Grassroots is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which invests in social Global Grassrootsentrepreneurship to advance women's wellbeing in poor countries. Our Mission is to unite, empower and support relief of poor, distressed and underprivileged women worldwide.