Thirteen men have been charged in connection with a conspiracy to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. After news broke of the arrests, Trump tweeted, “Governor Whitmer of Michigan has done a terrible job” and continued to criticize her in subsequent tweets.
On the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—which identified twelve critical areas in the advancement of women’s rights—it’s a good time to reflect on our progress, but also identify the goals that have yet to be realized.
Standing up to discrimination against women and girls means standing up for all women and girls in all their diversity and their representative organizations fighting for racial justice, LGBTIQ inclusion, indigenous rights, disability rights, and climate justice.
Over the past few years, the Trump Administration has unleashed an onslaught of policies and regulations targeting immigrants fleeing persecution and torture who seek safety in the US.
Specifically, the administration has an obsession with attacking gender-based asylum claims which is further harming immigrant women seeking refuge from domestic violence.
In the rubble of what’s left of American commitments to international organizations, one survivor is doing well. The United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA, the perennial target of Republican politicians and presidents since the 1980s, is thriving.
Last week, Congress finally passed two laws—Savanna’s Act, named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, and the Not Invisible Act—to address the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in the United States. They now await the president’s signature.
Nearly 2,000 women were murdered by men in 2018 and the most common weapon used was a gun. And as in years past, Black women are more likely to experience lethal domestic violence than white women.
In a webinar marking the 25th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, former Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeleine Albright reflected on their work in Beijing and its continuing impact. Ambassador Melanne Verveer led the discussion, titled “Beijing +25: Commemorating a Watershed Moment for Women’s Rights” and hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
Homegrown far-right extremism also poses a persistent and lethal threat to the lives and well-being of Americans. This risk is often underestimated because of the devastating impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
By amplifying the voices of survivors, we can raise awareness about the needs of coalitions, and programs; help shape policy; and change the way society responds to domestic and sexual violence.
Democrats and Republicans on the hill are currently negotiating a deal on the next—and likely last—COVID-19 relief package. We can’t allow this package to ignore survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, like the three before it.