Five Problems with the WEEE Act
The economic empowerment of women around the world is one of USAID’s priorities. There is much to support in the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018, H.R. 5480 and S. 3247(WEEE Act) to expand women’s access to financial resources and markets. But there is also cause for concern.
Is There an ‘Unmet Need’ for Family Planning
The assertion that there is a vast, global “unmet need” for contraception is promoted by family planning advocates and is commonplace in international-development circles. But the claim is not supported by the facts, and it rests on shaky assumptions.
Seven Reasons Why the REACH Act Falls Short
The Reach Every Mother And Child Act (REACH Act) was first introduced in the 114th Congress as Senate bill 1911 and House bill 3706. It has been reintroduced in the 115th Congress as Senate bill 1730 and House bill 4022. Its stated goal is to consolidate USAID efforts to eliminate preventable maternal and child deaths in 25 target countries by prioritizing the most cost-effective methods that save the most lives.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: General Concerns
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) addresses a desperate problem for many countries where having a disability can isolate a person and destroy any hope…
Problems with the International Violence Against Women Act of 2014
Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) is deeply concerned about women and girls throughout the world who suffer because of the egregious crimes of physical and sexual violence. That…
Banning Abortion Funding is Good Foreign Policy
In 1973, the U.S. passed the Helms Amendment barring U.S. foreign aid from funding abortions or motivating anyone to commit abortion. Some now argue to ignore or reinterpret Helms to fund abortions in certain cases. They misrepresent international humanitarian law to claim a right to abortion for rape in disaster/conflict situations even in countries where abortion is illegal.
“SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH” IN THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (CRPD)
October 2013 1. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities includes the controversial term “sexual and reproductive health.” This is the first time the term occurs in binding…