Millions of women took to the streets to make their voices heard. Now what? In today’s podcast we talk about the movement unfolding from the marches, and what’s next. We’re also going to unpack what this means for the fight not just for unity, but for equity.
Nearly half of the world’s countries experienced a democratic regression in 2016, according to the new Democracy Index. A notable member of the 72 declining democracies is the United States, which fell into the “flawed democracies” category.
The Women’s March on Washington appears to have surprised everyone, even many of the organizers, and may go down in history as the largest demonstration ever in the U.S., and one of the largest worldwide – so far.
Less than 24 hours before the Women’s March on Washington, demonstrators are still muddled in controversy over whether the event is as inclusive as it claims to be. As the march has grown in prominence, it has strived to include a multitude of causes affecting marginalized groups. The event’s policy platform covers issues such as racial profiling, abortion, LGBTQ rights and the environment.
In one of President Barack Obama’s final acts in office, the State Department announced on Tuesday that it had made its second installment payment of $500 million to the Green Climate Fund – which is notable because the incoming administration opposes the fund.
As part of the U.S. electoral pageantry, world leaders rush to weigh in on the results. But with a president-elect who brings no political experience and vague campaign pledges, world leaders’ responses ranged from emphatic support to outright concern over Donald Trump’s victory.
In an election season marked by scandal and focused on personalities, policy issues took a back seat. And foreign aid policy is in the way, way back. Even in a more civil campaign season, it is not a top issue in presidential elections. However, it is possible to get a sense of how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton view foreign aid by looking closely at their speeches and statements over the years.
An election-monitoring program developed in Kenya will help track tomorrow’s elections in the U.S. Citizens can report polling irregularities, instances of intimidation or other problems through Twitter, email, text message or on the web. All the information is collected and share instantly by the Nairobi-based company Ushahidi.
The contentious issue of abortion came up during the final U.S. presidential debate on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton affirmed women’s right to abortion while Donald Trump said he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who oppose it. Clinton countered by looking internationally to the consequences of governments circumventing reproductive rights.
Americans are expressing anger at the revelation that Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman running for president, may not be paying…