Women's Caucus

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    Democrats Abroad affirms the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women around the world, including the right to education, healthcare, legal protection and legal standing before the law, the right to physical and psychological safety, self-determination of reproductive rights and equality of opportunity and remuneration.

    Activism in Small, Medium and Large

    Opportunities to participate in our caucus are as varied as our members.

    There is no "one-size-fits-all" level of involvement.
    We also encourage membership by all genders because women's issues impact all of us.
    What our individual sections do depends very much on their size and location.

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    Statement of Purpose:

    The Women's Caucus of Democrats Abroad is committed to fostering and promoting gender-informed perspectives in issues analysis, communication and policy-making and ensuring that issues that impact woWe will take action to address policies that negatively impact women and their families and so, by implication, the economy and our democracy.

    We propose to:

    • Act as disseminators of information  to  Caucus members and Democrats Abroad members at large, and as a catalyst to action on issues which affect American women both in the United States and internationally;
    • Ensure that the women’s perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution;
    • Stay current and ensure that issues and policies which impact women are discussed in the Caucus and by Democrats Abroad and included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • Promote Democratic Party candidates committed to policies that positively impact women’s lives;
    • Support Democratic Party candidates who are proposing to improve women’s standings and rights in society at every level, in their election campaigns for State and Federal Government positions and in their appointments to judgeships and high positions in Government offices and agencies;
    • Monitor and, with Democrats Abroad, lobby for or against legislation affecting women directly or indirectly;
    • Inform our communities of injustices against women in areas of civil rights, economic equality, health, and welfare;
    • Engage with other women’s caucuses for the purpose of information sharing, mentoring and maintaining solidarity; and
    • Make our voice heard nationally and internationally with members of women's groups and all groups fighting for justice, equality and the rule of law around the globe


    DA Women's Caucus Leadership:

    Ann Hesse
    | Chair, Global Women's Caucus
    Christina Skovsgaard
    | Vice Chair Norway
    Shari Temple
    | Global IT Team Chair; Global Women's Caucus Steering Team; ERA Project Coordinator
    Carol Moore
    | GWC Steering Committee, Former Chair, DAUK, Founding Co-chair, DAUK Women's Caucus, Co-Chair DAUK PNR Healthcare Team, ERA Project, Florida Rep, DAUK Tax Reform Committee
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    Global Women's Caucus Summer Newsletter

    Greetings from your Global Women’s Caucus team! Summer has been flying by as usual, and we’ve had plenty to keep us busy at home and abroad. In this month’s newsletter, see Lights for Liberty photos from around the world, learn about happenings with our caucus in China, and hear what some of the Democratic presidential candidates had to say about women’s issues in their first debate.

    Also, please take a moment to fill out our issues survey. We want to know what’s important to you in the 2020 elections.


    Around the World: Lights for Liberty

    On July 12, vigils were held across the U.S. and around the world to protest the inhumane conditions facing migrants at the southern U.S. border.

    London organizer Melissa Branzburg said, “Standing up as a concerned citizen to host a vigil felt bold, but the children and adults locked up in inhumane conditions in detention in the U.S. demands bold action. My five-year-old spoke at the event, and as a mother to young children, the stories at the border really cut deep. So many people turning out to our vigil in London felt impactful, and I look forward to continuing the fight.”

    Toulouse, France

    Tokyo, Japan

    Madrid, Spain

    London, UK

    View more photos at the Lights for Liberty Facebook page

    DA Happenings: Busy Summer in China

    From Elaine Chow, China Communications/IT Director: The Women's Caucus in China has had a busy summer season across Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. We kicked off the summer with a Take an Action Happy Hour in two cities to write our Congress People denouncing the attacks on women's health rights. In June, we revitalized ourselves with a Book Club Takeover discussing Susan Faludi's “Backlash,” a book about how unprecedented advances in women's rights then led to more anti-women initiatives. Now, even as we have the most diverse Congress ever, we are encountering a similar backlash against our health and guarantees to equality.

    We look forward to growing our community and continuing to discuss women's issues into the new year!

    In the US: Women’s Issues in the First Democratic Debates

    The Global Women’s Caucus has formed a candidate research team to gather information about the presidential candidate's positions on women’s issues that we will be sharing later this year.

    During the first Democrat Presidential Candidates debate, there were only a few questions on women’s issues. Not all candidates had an opportunity to answer the same questions. Hopefully, we will have a chance to hear the stance of all candidates on women’s issues in the next debates, set for July 30-31 in Detroit.

    Here are a few quotes on women’s issues from the first debates:


    “I would do several things, starting with something we should have done a long time ago, which is to pass the Equal Rights Amendment finally in this country.”


    “And health care also has to mean that every woman can make her own decisions about her own body and has access to the care that makes that possible.”


    “It should not be an option in the United States of America for any insurance company to deny a woman coverage for their exercise of their right of choice.”


    “I just want to say, there's three women up here that have fought pretty hard for a woman's right to choose.”


    “I would make certain that every woman has access to the full range of reproductive health care services, and that includes birth control, it includes abortion, it includes everything for a woman.”


    “I want a rape victim to be able to run in the middle of the street and wave down a police officer and report the crime against her.”


    “I supported the ERA from the very beginning.”


    “Let me make a promise here. You asked about litmus tests. My litmus test is I will never appoint any—nominate any justice to the Supreme Court unless that justice is 100 percent clear he or she will defend Roe v. Wade.”


    “Women in America—women in America, are on fire. We’ve marched, we’ve organized, we’ve run for office, and we’ve won. But, our rights are under attack like never before by President Trump and the Republicans who want to repeal Roe v. Wade, which is why I went to the front lines in Georgia to fight for them.”


    “I’m a small business owner who brought that same scrappy spirit to big Colorado, one of the most progressive states in America. We’ve expanded reproductive health to—to reduce teenage abortion by 64 percent.”

    ERA Update: Support H.J.Res 38 and S.J.Res 6

    There has been more press coverage of the Equal Rights Amendment – especially with the equal pay and Title IX discussions generated by the U.S. Women’s Soccer team win. It was also mentioned three times in the first presidential debates.

    For those in need of a refresher on why we need the ERA, here’s a excellent 15-minute segment from John Oliver. *Note, it is R-rated for language.

    Help the cause. Please take 10 minutes to contact your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators to ask them to support the ERA or thank them if they already are. For the House, it is bill H.J.Res 38. Here’s the link with how to contact them and what to say: https://www.democratsabroad.org/era_house. For the Senate, it is bill S.J.Res 6. Here’s the link with how to contact them and what to say: https://www.democratsabroad.org/era_senate

    If you have ideas or would like to help DA with the ERA ratification, please contact us at era@democratsabroad.org.

    Recap: Webinar on the Criminalization of Women’s Bodies with Jennifer Merchant

    Jennifer Merchant, Ph.D., spoke for the Global Women’s Caucus in Paris on June 13 on the subject of the Criminalization of Women’s Bodies, following the recent abortion bans or restrictions in the U.S. The evening was streamed live on Zoom, and over 100 people listened and watched in real-time.

    No one in the audience was disappointed with Dr. Merchant’s complete and informative story of historical landmarks that got us to where we are today. Most striking was her analysis of trends in abortions (in 2014, the U.S. abortion rate reached a historic low) and the segment of the population most affected by the restrictions.

    Click here for a full recap of Dr. Merchant’s talk.

    Get Involved: We Want to Hear Your Story!

    Though we are proud of how far women have come in the U.S., there are still many miles to go. To shed light on the progress still needed, we are launching the “State of the American Woman” campaign. As part of this initiative, we hope to highlight stories of American women facing inequality in their daily lives.

    If you are interested in learning more or participating, please contact gwc_comms@democratsabroad.org.

    Save the Date: DA Meetings

    October 11-13: DA EMEA annual regional meeting in Athens, Greece. All DA members are welcome!

    October 25-26: Americas Regional Workshop on Voting from Abroad in Costa Rica. All DA members welcome!

    Thank you for reading, and as always, stay tuned on our Facebook page for all the latest news.

    In solidarity,

    Your GWC Team



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    Recap: June 13 Reproductive Rights Webinar with Jennifer Merchant, Ph.D

    Recap by Connie Borde

    Jennifer Merchant, Ph.D*. in Political Sciences from the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, and Professor of Anglo-American legal and political institutions at the Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), spoke for the Global Women’s Caucus in Paris on June 13 on the subject of the Criminalization of Women’s Bodies, following the recent abortion bans or restrictios in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Ohio.

    The evening was streamed live on Zoom, and over 100 persons listened and watched in real time.

    No one in the audience was disappointed with Dr. Merchant’s complete and informative story of historical landmarks that got us to where we are today. Most striking was her analysis of trends in abortions (in 2014, the U.S. abortion rate reached a historic low) and the segment of the population most affected by the restrictions. Because of lack of access to health insurance and health care, abortion is increasingly concentrated among poor women, and abortion rates continue to vary by race and ethnicity.

    For Dr. Merchant, the bottom line and philosophical underpinnings of this movement falls under the greatly discussed history of patriarchy and equal rights for women.

    The question about reversing Roe v Wade was naturally a key point. If Roe fell, abortion rights would be lost in some states and remain secure in others.

    If Roe v Wade is overturned:
    • 22 states could ban abortion outright.
    • In 8 states (including the District of Columbia), the right to abortion is at risk of loss.
    • In 21 states, the right to abortion appears to be more or less secure.

    To watch the recording of Jennifer Merchant’s talk and hear her opinions about where we go from here, you can click here

    *Jennifer Merchant sits on the Ethics Committee of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, and the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) Association as well as FAB Country Representative. She is a leading researcher in bioethical issues of comparative public policy with expertise in North American and European policy, and politics and regulation of medical technologies involving human reproduction. She started off her research on comparative abortion politics, and then became an expert in comparative law and politics on embryo research and assisted reproductive technology. 
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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 06:00 PM through December 30, 2019 · 67 rsvps

    Watch the Film Legalize Equality

    The Equal Rights Amendment resolution passed unanimously in Tokyo where we committed to do whatever we can to help get the ERA ratified.  See the resolution here.

    Watch the video "Legalize Equality."  This 30-minute video gives an excellent overview of the Equal Rights Amendment and why it is critical to be ratified.  

    You can watch the video until 31 December 2019.

    To receive the streaming link and password, click RSVP and you will receive an email with the information in it.

    Feel free to share the link and password to DA members that want to view it.  However, please do NOT post the link and password on the internet in any way.  Only Democrats Abroad has access for this private screening and we need to honor this special access given by Equal Means Equal and Heroica Films.  



    Additional References to learn more about ERA: