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Safe Access to Abortion: A Step Backward in Texas, but Steps Forward Globally

Evidence shows that, with some exceptions, Texas and the U.S. are running counter to a global trend to expand abortion rights. Over the past 25 years in particular, the global trend has overwhelmingly been that of liberalization of abortion laws, with 18 countries overturning complete bans on abortions and 15 countries reforming laws to allow abortion upon request.

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Gender Equality Policy Markers: A Beginner’s Guide

2021 has been a big year for global gender equality advocates, practitioners, and investors. The Generation Equality Forum brought together donor governments, multilateral organizations, philanthropists, activists, and youth leaders to accelerate progress toward Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” This event, and the commitments made at it, are made even more critical by the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, which is exacerbating gender disparities around the world, threatening to dramatically set back progress toward SDG 5.

An image of a women's committee in Somoa.

Four Transformative Actions to Localize International Development

How can organizations and networks in Washington, DC, London, or Paris contribute to shifting power dynamics in international development in support of researchers, advocates, and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? In August, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and the Center for Global Development (CGD) convened an event moderated by Saara Bouhouche, Founder and Chair of WCAPS Race Across the Pond Initiative and Director of WCAPS France Chapter, on opportunities and barriers to increase localization in international development.

Mayuri Suepwong, a single mother, took up home-based work in order to look after her children while generating income. Her daughter, Chamaiporn, helps her after school. Like other home-based workers, she sometimes has to work long hours to meet tight dead

To Improve Women’s Economic Standing During and After COVID-19, Development Banks Must Prioritize Childcare

Multilateral development banks (MDBs) have an important role to play to ensure that women and girls don’t get left behind in COVID-19 recovery efforts, and prioritizing investments in quality, affordable childcare will be key to this end. But to date, MDBs have not made childcare a central priority in their lending and policy dialogues with governments. If we truly want to improve women's economic status, as well as support children’s health, nutrition, and broader well-being, it’s time for development banks to start positioning care as essential infrastructure globally.

A group of women smile outside a health center in Lanier, Senegal

Gender Data Systems: Better Data for All

Earlier this month, nearly 50,000 people from civil society organizations, governments, and corporations convened in Paris for the Generation Equality Forum to define and announce bold commitments to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment across the globe. This mostly virtual forum culminated in the launch of a global 5-year action journey to accelerate gender equality by 2026 backed, for the first time ever, by significant financial resources. Forty billion dollars in new funding were committed over five years -- $23 billion by the public sector, $13 billion by the private sector, $4 billion by philanthropic organizations and $1.3 billion by UN entities. Now begins the hard work of spending these resources wisely and the even harder work of tracking expenditures and measuring their impact on the lives of women and girls everywhere.

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