Varina Winder proudly served this nation as the Senior Policy Advisor on Women’s and Girls’ Rights at the U.S. State Department. She and her colleagues worked to empower women and girls around the globe. It wasn’t a political job, but one that came from a deep commitment to help foment change in the lives of women.
After six years doing work that she loved she quit after Rex Tillerson became Secretary of State and it became clear that he had no intention of carrying on the kind of work that she and her colleagues were engaged in.
While there have been many painful and embarrassing mistakes since January 20, 2017, there has been nothing more shocking for me personally than this new administration’s callous disregard for women and for human life.
This past March, the new administration sent an actual hate group to the UN Commission on the Status of Women to represent American civil society. And in May, this administration rolled out the most draconian, anti-life policy of any administration ever, Republican or Democratic. The so-called Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance will do exactly the opposite: kill women and their children by denying them access to family planning, maternal and child health care, and malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
Too often too many people ignore the work that goes on within government agencies. America’s impact on women and girls around the world has not gone unnoticed. We have helped to bring about important changes.
No more. This administration disregard for life, for women, and for the truth is a disaster and may take us generations to undo what they have done in a short period of time.