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Statement on Roe v. Wade Decision

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe. V. Wade, ending the 50–year Constitutional protection for abortion. This reversal opens the door for what will likely be over half of the states in the U.S. restricting and even outright banning abortion and bodily autonomy —  human rights and essential healthcare services.

Nearly 1 in 4 women (24%) in the U.S. have an abortion by the age of 45. Taking away safe and accessible facilities and care will be catastrophic — particularly for rural, poor, Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ people. This decision does not end abortion. It will end safe abortion for many across the country, restricting access to critical reproductive health services at a time when the United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates of high-income countries.

This decision sets a dangerous legal precedent for states that plan to restrict and take away women’s essential right to making important decisions that affect the health and well-being of themselves and their families. 

This decision also paves the road for further limiting the rights and autonomy of all Americans, and it damages the United States’ global standing on human rights – weakening its ability to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and legitimizing other governments’ actions to restrict rights and access to care.

We stand with experts, scholars, and activists in our commitment to safe abortion, accessible healthcare, and bodily autonomy. 

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Time for Feminist Action and Implementation

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Publication Subtitle: A Report Card on the Secretary-General’s 5th Year from the Feminist U.N. Campaign
Publication Year: 2022
Publication Author: Spogmay Ahmed, Foteini Papagioti

The Feminist United Nations (U.N.) Campaign brings together leading feminist thinkers in civil society, philanthropy, and academia, as well as former U.N. staff around a shared agenda for women’s rights and gender equality at the U.N. Since 2017, our Campaign has been issuing annual report cards, grading U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on his progress towards our recommendations for a more feminist U.N. system based on six criteria outlined in the report. 

In the final year of his first full term, we found the Secretary-General’s progress towards implementing a more gender-equitable United Nations slowed in some areas. The Secretary-General’s overall grade dropped to a “B-.” A return to the same grade we issued in 2018 and 2019—demonstrating a significant need for improvement in his second term.

 

Key Findings

  • While the Secretary-General’s speeches on gender—such as those delivered at landmark women’s rights events—are objectively strong, they are devoid of actionable commitments or accountability beyond the progress toward gender parity at the senior-most levels in the U.N.
  • The closed-door process for the selection of UN Women’s new Executive Director, Sima Sami Bahous, was considered a major misstep on the part of the Secretary-General.
  • We applaud the centrality given to gender equality and human rights in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The annual report reveals that 69 percent of programs funded through its second call for proposals were GEM 3—significantly exceeding its target of 30 percent.
  • The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund’s annual report reveals that 69 percent of programs funded through its second call for proposals were GEM 3—significantly exceeding its target of 30 percent.
  • Process has stalled on responding to sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the U.N. system, and for a lack of transformative leadership on human rights and intersectionality. Key informants reported that staff remain disillusioned with the leadership’s dedication to changing the U.N.’s macho culture of impunity, are profoundly mistrustful of reporting and justice mechanisms in the system, and are fearful of retaliation.
  • Guterres still does not publicly advocate for more member state budgetary support to UN Women.
  • The Secretary-General makes several commitments to advancing gender equality in his Our Common Agenda publication, and leaves room for gender integration in some key areas. We encourage the Secretary-General to be fully transparent in the implementation of these commitments moving forward.

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Ahmed, S. and Papagioti, F. (2022). Time for Feminist Action and Implementation. Washington, DC. International Center for Research on Women.

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