On International Women's Day, Ipas reflects and resists

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Resist Trump: Stop the Gag

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day. Since the early 1900s, people have celebrated this day, calling for women’s rights, gender equity, peace and progress. In 2017, International Women’s Day will build on the momentum and action of the Women’s March around the world—when millions of women, men and children took to the streets January 21, the day after U.S. President Trump’s inauguration.

President Trump’s administration quickly reinstated and expanded the Global Gag Rule, which restricts organizations that receive U.S. global health funds from using private funds to inform or educate their government on safe abortion or to provide legal abortion services. Ipas and other organizations have co-sponsored a protest in Washington, DC, “Resist Trump: Stop the Gag.” This action is part of the marches and the “A Day Without a Woman” strike.

“Today is a day to contemplate the struggle that most women and girls face in trying to obtain basic human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights. More than ever, we can’t take for granted the rights women have fought for nor the fight for rights still to be achieved,” says Lisa Simutami, Ipas Chief Operating Officer.