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Leadership Alliances Promote Global Women’s Rights During Women’s History Month

Although International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th, our groups continue to work for women’s rights around the world during Women’s History Month and throughout the year.The GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Leadership Alliance organized a panel on international women’s rights with speakers from around the world discussing their firsthand experiences and general women’s rights in their native countries. The group also celebrated National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers by organizing a table where students created personalized thank you cards, which were then delivered to a local abortion clinic. The AUBURN UNIVERSITY Leadership Alliance celebrated International Women’s Day by organizing “Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Violence,” a campaign of the Global Campaign for Women’s Human Rights which raises awareness about violence against women on a global scale. On a local level, the group hosted presentations addressing domestic violence in their county with a speaker from the Auburn Domestic Violence Intervention Center; on a more global level, they organized presentations on international sex trafficking with a speaker from the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. To celebrate International Women’s Day, the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT GREEN BAY Leadership Alliance created a display on the Global Gag Rule which Bush reinstated which currently prohibits international family planning programs from receiving U.S. funding if they provide information, referrals, or counseling on abortion, even if they use their own funds to do so. To learn more about international family planning, abortion access and reproductive rights, and to take action, check out Unit 6 of the Study and Action Manual online. LEARN MORE Click here to read women’s narratives about barriers or successes in accessing reproductive health and family planning services.