March 18, 2021 Press Release


Equity Forward and Ipas Submit Input to UN Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights

Highlights need for Biden to Reverse the Harm Caused by Trump Administration Abroad to LGBTQ Communities and Reproductive Health Access 

Ahead of the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Equity Forward and Ipas presented joint input to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to answer the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity’s call for input.  

The submission focuses on the U.S. government's efforts under the Trump administration to lead multilateral "gender ideology" coalitions and presents case studies in Ghana and Brazil showing how these efforts negatively shape comprehensive sexuality education, among other policies. 

We encourage the Special Rapporteur to address these concerns in his report in order to roll back the harms wrought by the Trump administration and to strengthen protections for LGBTQ communities, gender equality, and reproductive rights access.

Molly Bangs, Director, Equity Forward stated, “LGBTQ people deserve safety and dignity. Abortion care should be safe and available. The United States should be a leader in supporting both, here and abroad. Under the Trump administration, the United States led a shameful campaign that co-opted human rights language to undermine reproductive and gender equity. The Biden administration has the ability to reduce these harms and we urge them to do so.”

Ipas works globally to improve access to abortion and contraception so that everyone can determine their own future, recognizing that if people don’t have the right to make fundamental decisions about their own bodies and health, they can’t fully enjoy the human rights to which all are entitled.

Equity Forward tracks the personnel and policies of the US government at its Global Spotlight database, with profiles on both former Trump officials and current Biden appointees.