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As we mark the annual global campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we celebrate this year’s theme, “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls.” It brings together a slate of actors – governments, corporations, civil society organizations, the media, multilateral organizations, and individuals – to address gender-based violence through partnerships and cooperation.

That mission is more urgent than ever. According to the World Health Organization, approximately one out of every three women around the world has either suffered from an act of intimate partner violence, sexual violence from someone other than a partner, or both. Every year, 12 million girls are married as children. At least 200 million women and girls today have suffered from female genital mutilation and cutting. That’s in addition to the 375 recorded deaths of transgender individuals in 2021 alone – the highest count on record and widely believed to be a gross undercount. 

According to the UN, gender-based violence represents the most common violation of human rights around the world. As with other human rights abuses, gender-based violence slows economic growth, undermines national security, and constitutes a breach of that most sacred of moral contracts: that everyone has the right to feel safe and secure, to freely be their authentic selves, and to chart their own destinies. 

26-11-2022 08:15

ADMINISTRATOR POWER: Thank you so much, Prime Minister Shmyhal. President Zelenskyy, thank you for the profound privilege of joining you, and so many distinguished leaders from around the world, on this day of solemn remembrance. 

Just steps away from our nation’s Capitol building, the United States, as you well know, has erected its own memorial of the Holodomor, honoring the millions of innocent Ukrainian women, men, and children who perished in this man-made Famine, and whose deaths Stalin tried to keep secret from the world. 

17-11-2022 09:30

I am delighted that we are all gathered here today to witness and celebrate this important event, representing yet another milestone of the continued partnership between the United States and the Government of Namibia in the fight against COVID-19. 

16-11-2022 21:00

At USAID, our water investments under the Action Plan and the newly refreshed Global Water Strategy will enable crucial progress on access to water and sanitation services, as well as improved management of water resources, over the next five years.

15-11-2022 17:15

So, this is a really important day getting to swear-in Dean Karlan as USAID’s new Chief Economist. From his earliest days, according to his mother, Dean demonstrated two traits critical for any development economist – an obsession with numbers, and a kind heart.

14-11-2022 14:30

As you’ll hear from me and other leaders from USAID, we are taking these objectives seriously – with real targets, dedicated funding like our Centroamerica Locale initiative and a new Africa Localization Initiative, and new strategies for Acquisition and Assistance, risk appetite, and local capacity strengthening.

12-11-2022 15:30

It's been a great pleasure – personal pleasure – and privilege of mine to get to work so closely with Secretary Vilsack on this whole range of issues that we will now touch upon as it relates to the developing world in this second panel. I want to thank not only Secretary Vilsack – who is an incredible partner, as you can imagine, but the discussion in the first panel didn't stray from the topic that we're grappling with here, which is what can be done in developing countries.

12-11-2022 11:15

I want to also thank USAID’s very own Lindsey Doyle, without whom this event would not be happening. The announcements that you are going to be hearing from various leaders today, are directly the result of work that Lindsey and the team kicked off over the past year.

11-11-2022 18:00

Joining me now from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, is USAID Administrator, former UN Ambassador, Samantha Power – with the President at the Global Climate Summit. Thank you so much Ambassador Power for being with us. President Biden coming to the Climate Summit after the U.S. and other industrialized nations were criticized by the rest of the world for causing climate change. The President outlining what the U.S. is doing. Are you concerned that if Republicans take control of Congress, this could be the last piece of climate change for this administration?

11-11-2022 16:45

So grateful, Dominic, to you for your leadership and stitching together of all the various elements here, today. The partnership that you have demonstrated across decades, building crucial links between the public and private sectors to address some of our gravest challenges – from climate change to food security, and of course, inextricably linked now the two.

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