Dutch fund for women’s sex­ual health tops $300 mil­lion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

BRUS­SELS — The Dutch govern­ment says a cam­paign to raise funds for ac­cess to birth con­trol, abor­tion and women’s sex­ual health pro­grams in de­vel­op­ing na­tions has so far raised more than 260 mil­lion eu­ros ($305 mil­lion). The “She De­cides” ini­tia­tive was launched in Jan­uary af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump cut U.S. fund­ing for such ser­vices.

Lil­ianne Ploumen, the Dutch min­is­ter for for­eign trade and de­vel­op­ment co-op­er­a­tion, an­nounced the lat­est to­tal Fri­day, call­ing it “very good news for mil­lions of women and girls in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.”

A donor’s con­fer­ence in Brus­sels in Fe­bru­ary raised just over 180 mil­lion eu­ros, and Ploumen says the money has con­tin­ued rolling in.

She says the pledges “show again that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will not aban­don women in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and will guar­an­tee their ba­sic right to fam­ily plan­ning.”

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