Global Women's Caucus



  • The Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus is appalled by the majority Supreme Court opinion overturning 50 years of history which granted women the right to control their own bodies and reproductive freedom.

    This will drastically change the landscape of women’s rights and reproductive justice, for all women and particularly those poor and minority women who  live in the 26 + States which already prohibit or drastically restrict abortion. Currently more than 26 States restrict abortion, 13 have trigger laws which will now ban it totally and 9 states have bills which want to amend their state constitutions to outlaw abortion. And there are over 400 bills in State legislations obliviating our rights.

    Yes there are safe havens for women who can afford the time and have the money to travel to such states. But the Republicans are fast on the move: they are in the process of making it illegal to use medical abortion and travelling to safe havens to obtain abortions. And there is talk of the Republicans trying to legislate a Federal law to ban all abortions.

    They are pushing us back into the 19th century:  barefoot and pregnant.

    We must gather our strength and get voters registered. And we need to do it RIGHT NOW. We no longer have any choices.

    WOMEN: We must register to vote, participate in Democrat’s Abroad’s GET OUT THE VOTE efforts to register voters and join forces with the forces of good.

          


     



    We are committed to fostering and promoting gender-informed perspectives in issues analysis, communication and policy-making for issues that impact women. We take action to address policies that negatively impact women and their families and so, by implication, the economy and our democracy.

    Our Volunteers help American women around the world become real activists in the struggle for women's rights no matter where they live and no matter how small or large their numbers -- whether a committee of one or one hundred. Learn about the ways you can volunteer with the Global Women's Caucus.

    Our Mission guides us to take actions to addresses policy that negatively impacts women and their families, and to fight tirelessly for the policies that bolster and protect them. 

    Our Leaders bring diverse experiences to the Global Women's Caucus, with expertise in a variety of fields ranging from law to education; from technology to arts. 

    DA Global Women's Caucus Leadership:

    Ann Hesse
    | Chair, Democrats Abroad Global Women's Caucus
    marnie delaney
    | Chair - Global Disability Caucus and Violence Against Women Task Force -----Global Women's Caucus Steering Committee-- Medicare Portability Task Force
    Jamie McAfee
    | Communications Co-Chair, Womens Caucus
    Stayce Camparo
    | Communications Co-Director, GWC; Editor of GWC Newsletter
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    News

    BANS OFF OUR BODIES Online Event Follow up

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    Thanks to everyone who attended our event. Here are the links to most of the things we talked about today, plus some extra information. Read Global Women's Caucus Statement on the Right to an Abortion.

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    • Contact your senator and tell them you want them to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. It has already passed the house, and it is waiting for the Senate to enshrine the right to abortion without unnecessary restrictions into federal law
    • Donate to abortion funds working on the front lines every day to ensure people who need abortions can access them no matter what
    • Donate to Democrats Abroad
    • Organize your families, friends, neighbors, coworkers, classmates - anyone you can. Remind them that this is about more than abortion and that we need all of our allies to get involved, vote, and demand our elected officials enact the policies we elected them to
    • Share your story. If you need support, help, or inspiration, check out:

    https://shoutyourabortion.com/

    https://www.plannedparenthood.org/get-involved/share-your-story

     

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    GWC May / June Newsletter 2022

    Anniversary Edition May June 2022 Global Women's Caucus Newsletter

    Letter from the Editor

    This June, the Global Women’s Caucus celebrates 30 years of sisterhood, progress and growth. Starting at the country-level in France, the Women’s Caucus has grown into a global entity with a mission to mobilize voters and raise a strong unified voice on the issues that impact American women, both stateside and abroad. Our tenets: educate, build community, and promote activism, are the beacons that guide our leaders and members to continue to be active American citizens, regardless of where we live.

    Join us June 18th, as we celebrate together from the place it all began. If you can’t join us in Paris, we welcome you to create your own event to discuss the issues and future of the Global Women’s Caucus.

    A final note on the state of reproductive rights: We know you are angry. We are angry too. Our democracy and rights are being threatened by only a few, with the lone goal of oppression and control over a female’s right of choice. TAKE THAT ANGER TO THE MIDTERMS! As the GWC continues to grow, we need your help. Join our team for this very important midterm year. Consider volunteering with us, help friends and family register to vote, or donate! Make sure you’re registered to vote in 2022 here!

    We hope you enjoy this edition, and we look forward to seeing you at our events!

    Stayce Camparo, Communications Co-director, Global Women’s Caucus

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM Berlin Time · 48 rsvps
    Zoom

    Fight for Our Reproductive Rights - Take Action Now!

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    The Supreme Court, packed with radical right-wing judges by Trump and Mitch McConnell, just made women second-class citizens. Women no longer have control over their own bodies. People will be forced to give birth against their will, and doctors will fear prison for treating those with complicated pregnancies.

    This is the first time in US history that a fundamental right has been TAKEN AWAY. If Republicans retake power in November, Americans will be ruled by a minority of radical extremists.

    *WE MUST MOBILIZE EVERYONE TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2022*. Register and vote, and ask your friends to register and vote.

     

    Program

    10:00 - 11:00 -  We will have speakers discuss the situation, how we got there, and what we need to do now. We will have a speaker joining us from Texas who will give us a sense of the situation on the ground there. We will also, give attendees time to speak out.

    11:00 - 12:00 - We will have a quick phone banking training so we can immediately take action by calling our members who vote in battleground states. The majority of our members have not requested an absentee ballot yet!

     

    Sign up for the Dialing for Democracy Event

     

    We must maintain legislative control of our government to protect our rights.  In order to do that we will participate in Dialing for Democracy and help get out the vote.  Getting our members to request an absentee ballot is an important step in securing our rights. We must outvote the regressive Republicans! We must expand the Senate Majority, hold on to the House, and win key races at the state and local levels.

     

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    Friday, July 15, 2022 at 03:00 AM through October 13, 2022 Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    Video launch via YouTube

    American Women Need Your Help Now!

     

    The GWC Reproductive Justice Team is launching a project to promote voter registration under the theme Reproductive Justice for ALL.

    As you certainly know, the rights of all women to choose when and if to start a family are being taken away with over 26 States prohibiting or restricting the right to abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy even in the cases of rape, incest and the mother’s and/or the  fetus’ health. Texas has empowered vigilantes to sue everyone and anyone aiding and abetting abortion once the fetal heartbeat can be heard (eg at approximately 6 weeks and before most women know they are pregnant).

    We cannot allow this to continue particularly with Roe v Wade in peril and the Women’s Health Protection Act stuck in the Senate.

    Our project is a video launch via YouTube. We are asking all DA members to make a short (60 sec) video explaining why the right to abortion is absolutely necessary. If you come from a State where it is practically impossible to obtain an abortion, you can speak about the discrimination against minority and poor women whose lives are in jeopardy and who cannot travel. If you come from “good States” such as MA, CA, NY for example, you can speak to the injustice of access depending upon where you live. Make sure you mention in the video VotefromAbroad.org for expat voter registration and vote.gov for non expat voter registration.

    We believe that many of our voters will be motivated to register when we roll out the videos.

    Here are a few subjects that you could choose for your video:

    • If you live/vote in a country that has “good” reproductive freedom laws, you could refer to the country and the liberal law(s) and how lucky you are to be in that country and how unfair it is for American women LIVING IN THE US who can’t benefit from such laws
    • If you live/vote in a US State that has good reproductive freedom laws, see above. And you can say that living in a “bad” State is  discriminatory since women in “good “US States have rights that you are denied.
    • You can share a personal experience. You don’t have to use your name or even mention where you live. The videos will be anonymous unless you do give details.
    • You can make a statement about women should have the right to control their bodies. Period. There is no justification for the government to decide when, how  or even if women should have children.

    If you can’t think of anything to say but still want to make a video, feel free to contact Salli at [email protected]. She will set up a call and walk you through some ideas and we can help you make the video.

    Here is a link on how to make a video:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O7wGPrZmmXocOuMI5zZutc1w62nHlQWZOat8Srq_bFQ/edit?usp=sharing

    For more information, visit our blog space here:

    https://www.democratsabroad.org/wc_reproductive_justice_action_team

    All videos should be sent to Salli Swartz at [email protected]

    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN


    Disclaimer: By submitting your video, you grant to Democrats Abroad a nonexclusive rights to use your video and your image only for the 2022 GWC Reproductive Justice Get Out the Vote video project. 

    You therefore hereby waive all rights to any claims arising out of or in connection with Democrats Abroad GWC’s use of your video  and image in connection with the 2022 Reproductive Justice video project.