Donald Trump spent the majority of his 37-minute speech Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly cynically co-opting human rights language in service of his violent, nationalistic agenda.
“You need to have a regular and intense exposure of the people to the same information and messaging. Let them reflect, let them speak, let them think about it. It takes weeks and months to change their vision.”
The latest battle over words at the UN drew global attention to the Trump administration’s attempts to wrestle full control over women’s bodies and minds—in the U.S. and across the world.
The UN Security Council just adopted its 9th resolution on Women, Peace, and Security. The resolution was intended to address the needs of victims of sexual violence in conflict—but thanks to the Trump administration, the ideology of few were put above the lives of thousands of women and girls.
Afghan women have spoken out to demand their inclusion in the peace process unfolding between the Trump administration and the Taliban—and so have women across the globe who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them. Actor, activist and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie has now joined that chorus of voices.
Today marks the last day of the UN’s 63rd Annual Commission on the Status of Women—and U.S. officials are trying to reverse historic agreements advancing women’s rights worldwide before it ends.
“We have irrefutable evidence that when women are included, it accelerates peace-building, it improves humanitarian response and it helps the economies of these countries that have been in conflict recover faster. But despite this, less than one percent of international aid to countries in crisis is given to women’s organizations—and I just, I find that kind of unacceptable. I think women are more than one percent of the solution.”
It will take more than 16 days—but if governments, U.N. agencies and civil society activists work together toward ending child, early and forced marriage, a world where every girl can control her own future is possible.
Care workers globally are calling out: #HearMeToo.
Michelle Bachelet—the boundary-breaking former president of Chile, under-secretary general of the United Nations and executive director of UN Women—is now stepping into a new role in the world of global politics as the UN’s high commissioner for human rights.