At Generation Equality Forum, US commits US$175 million to support programs against gender-based violence, increases funding toward women's economic empowerment and SRHR

At the Paris-held Generation Equality Forum (GEF), the UN Women-convened summit to accelerate gender equality investment, the US made a number of policy and resource commitments, reflecting both domestic and international priorities. The commitments made were in support of US President Joe Biden's gender equality and equity agenda and centered on three areas: preventing gender-based violence, women's economic empowerment, and protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Biden's fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget included a request for US$1.2 billion for gender programming globally.

Some of the key international commitments included:

  • Updating the 2016 US strategy to combat gender-based violence and committing US$175 million to support programs against gender-based violence, as well as seeking additional resources for the DREAMS services;
  • Mobilizing US$12.0 billion through 2025 in investments by the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in businesses that advance gender equity in emerging markets through the 2X Women's Initiative. The DFC pledged to establish a technical assistance program to help advance companies' efforts toward gender equity. Biden's budget also requested US$200 million for the Gender Equity and Equality Fund in FY 2022 to address issues that disproportionately affect women and girls, and Biden committed US$33 million for gender issues in the Northern Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador); and 
  • Working to increase comprehensive reproductive health services for family planning, including rescinding the Mexico City Policy (also known as the 'global gag rule') and working with UN agencies, including the World Health Organization, to improve and expand such services. Biden has also proposed to increase funding to the UN Population Fund by 72% over FY 2021 levels.

US Vice President Kamala Harris served as one of the opening speakers for the GEF. In her remarks, she stressed the imperative for gender equality in order to strengthen democracy both at home and abroad.  

Press release - The White House

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