Population Matters

International Women’s Day – Hold the Celebration

March 8th, 2012

Today is the 101st International Women’s Day, a day set aside to celebrate the social and economic progress of women around the world. Unfortunately, this year does not give us much cause to celebrate.  Both at home and abroad, the reproductive health and rights of women has been under unprecedented assault, imperiling many of the gains that have been made over the past 101 years. Hard- fought gains that we have long taken for granted are in jeopardy.  Looking back over the past year I don’t see a cause for celebration.   I see an escalating attack on the health and well-being of women.

Domestically, we have seen innumerable attacks on the reproductive health and rights of women:

This, of course, is just a sampling of the escalating attacks on the reproductive health and rights of women in the U.S.  But the war on women is a global fight. In Congress, the same opponents of contraception in the U.S. are trying to slash funding for international family planning programs. They are also trying to eliminate U.S. support for the UN Population Fund and reinstate the global gag rule, a policy that hinders women in developing countries from getting access to contraception.

With the war on women showing no signs of abating, it is imperative that women stand together with women around the world in fighting for their reproductive health and rights.  But men also need to get off of the sidelines.   Working together, as men and women, we can put an end to this continuing war on women.  Next year, perhaps, we will have something to really celebrate on International Women’s Day.

Posted by Jennie Wetter, Program Manager

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