(L-R) Hallie Schneir, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, PeiYao Chen, Director of Learning, Evaluation and Impact for Global Fund for Women, Beirne Roose-Snyder, Director of Public Policy for CHANGE.
August 4, 2014: After a tremendous effort from thousands around the globe, we delivered our petition to the White House. Now that President Obama has heard your voices and seen your signatures supporting comprehensive post-rape care for women and girls all over the world, we are hopeful that he will take action soon.
"Bringing the voices of our network to the White House made a critical difference," said PeiYao Chen, Global Fund for Women Director of Learning, Evaluation and Impact. "It is clear that President Obama is committed and ready to do the important work necessary to support survivors of rape."
Our petition closed with 12,742 signatures from around the world, with voices from Mexico to Nigeria to Brazil and all 50 states in the U.S. With our partners at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), we shared stories from our grantee partners from Uganda to Burma to Croatia and beyond in an effort to make the voices of rape survivors around the world heard loud and clear. President Obama has heard our call to take action to clarify the Helms Amendment to ensure that women and girls around the world can access comprehensive post-rape care, including abortion.
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