3. Funding increases to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality
One in three women worldwide will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. The FY22 SFOPs Bill includes $200 million to combat gender-based violence, which can include rape, domestic violence, and exploitation, and $200 million for the Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund (GEEA). The spread of COVID-19 has caused a double pandemic for women and girls as lockdowns keep survivors of violence from seeking help and resources are diverted to ending COVID. But CARE advocates know that when women have the chance to shape how their needs and safety are addressed during crises like COVID-19, their rights are more likely to be protected. This funding and proposed bill language will provide necessary resources to address incidents of gender-based violence immediately and holistically.
4. Bumps to programs that combat global hunger and malnutrition
As COVID-19 continues to have a devastating impact on global hunger and food insecurity, the FY22 SFOPs Bill provides strong funding for international food assistance programs like the Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) and Feed the Future. An estimated 132 million more people will face hunger because of COVID-19 and 41 million people are at risk of famine. CARE, with the help of programs like Feed the Future, has helped kids get access to nutritious food, increase people’s resiliency to climate change, and get food and nutrition support in emergencies. CARE will continue to advocate for even greater increases in nutrition funding as discussions on appropriations continue.