The Universal Access Project, a project of the United Nations Foundation, convenes an innovative group of donors and advocates in a coordinated effort to protect and strengthen the largest source of funding for global sexual and reproductive health and rights – U.S. foreign aid. This aid allows girls to stay in school, pursue jobs, and have children if and when they are ready. It helps improve maternal and child health, decrease unintended pregnancies, lower HIV infection rates, and reduce poverty. It builds a healthier, more secure, and more prosperous world.
The Universal Access Project also leads the Private Sector Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment Initiative, which mobilizes corporate leadership on workplace women’s health, rights, and empowerment in global supply chains.
What’s at Stake:
For 50 years, the U.S. had been a leader in funding global women’s health, rights, and empowerment. But unprecedented efforts are under way to roll back gains in women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Policy and funding changes under the current U.S. Administration – including the reinstatement and dramatic expansion of the Global Gag Rule and the U.S. decision to eliminate funding for the UN Population Fund – are having a devastating impact on the world’s most marginalized girls and women, and a ripple effect on their families, communities and economies. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening these impacts on girls and women.
Now is the time to build on progress, not reverse it. We have the opportunity to support millions of girls, women, families and communities – but only if the U.S. protects and restores critical investments in global sexual and reproductive health and rights. With its direct connection to the United Nations and partnerships with best-in-class advocates, the Universal Access Project is in a unique position to mobilize policy and funding across the global sexual and reproductive health and rights community. We will rally the global women’s health advocacy community together to send one cohesive message: every girl and every woman deserves the opportunity to determine her own future.