(C-Fam – Washington, D.C.) The U.S. announced $37 million in new contributions to Education Cannot Wait, a global fund that promotes abortion and “comprehensive sexuality education.”
The new funding brings the total U.S. contribution to roughly $92.3 million, according to the fund’s press release.
“The U.S. has proudly supported Education Cannot Wait since its inception in 2016 and we are proud to boost our support,” said U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power when announcing the new U.S. $37 million contribution – the largest contribution made by the U.S. to date.
“We look forward to increasing[ing] access to education and… reach[ing] the most marginalized students – especially girls… and gender and sexual minorities,” said Powers.
Education Cannot Wait is a global education initiative hosted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and funded by governments, private industry, and multilateral institutions. It was established in 2016 to finance education programs for children affected by emergencies and protracted crises. It’s programming reached 30 million children in response to COVID-19. Nearly 5 million children and adolescents around the world are educated through Education Cannot Wait programming.
In addition to funding educational programs for children, Education Cannot Wait promotes sexual and reproductive health rights, which are commonly understood to include both access to contraception and abortion. Programs that receive funds from Education Cannot Wait are required to advance these ideas and adhere to strict policy guidelines outlined in various strategy documents.
In its 2018-2021 Gender Strategy document, Education Cannot Wait asserted that “sexual and reproductive health interventions” are indispensable for ensuring continued education and preventing pregnancy. Therefore, grant recipients were encouraged to link “sexual and reproductive health services to education and learning opportunities.”
Editor’s Note: Alexis I. Fragosa, Esq. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute (https://c-fam.org/). This article appears with permission.
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