The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration millions of women across the world took to the streets to protest the new president of the United States. The backlash was fierce from the right — Republican voters lashed out and told us that we should “give him a chance” and “let him do his job before bitching.” Never mind the fact that he has admitted to sexually assaulting women by grabbing their genitalia, walked into dressing rooms at his beauty pageants because he felt entitled to see the women naked, and attacks women regularly on Twitter. We were supposed to forget all of that and “give him a chance.” Well, now he has had a chance to prove he respects us and he has, instead, decided to send anti-women right-wing groups to represent America on the world stage.
Donald Trump announced he is sending the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and the Heritage Foundation to the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women as part of the U.S. delegation this month. Both groups have long records of fighting against expanded rights for women and the LGBTQ community; and one of them has even been declared a hate group. The Independent reports:
The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) is a think tank that has been labelled as a “hate group” for their international anti-LGBTQI advocacy work and violent rhetoric by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal advocacy organisation which specialises in protection of civil rights.
C-FAM’s aim is “discrediting socially radical policies” at the UN, as outlined in their mission statement. They have referred to gay marriage and adoption as “truly harmful” to society and “public health”.
And the Heritage Foundation, while not designated a hate group, is just as bad. The conservative foundation once published a report entitled “In Bed with Radical Feminists: The U.N.’s Misguided Women’s Agenda.” The group accused the U.N. of threatening women’s rights with their “radical” agenda focusing on “sexual rights, reproductive health, contraception, and abortion” and went on to say that they are “normalizing” homosexuality.
In addition, both groups have called on Donald Trump to cut funding for programs meant to combat violence against women. The Heritage Foundation called the programs a “misuse of federal resources and a distraction from concerns that are truly the province of the federal government.” In other words, they do not believe that the federal government should fund programs that protect women and it should be left up to the states. Prior to the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, states were in charge of finding their own money to help battered women, but it didn’t work out so well, hence the reason for a federal law. If the Trump Administration did what these groups want and eliminated funding for the programs it would put countless lives at risk.
All of this information could be found with a few quick searches on the internet, but apparently Trump could not be bothered. Instead he has decided to send people who are actively working against women to represent us in front of the rest of the world. His decision not only erases all of the work the United States has done to set an example on human rights, but proves to every woman in America that our president does not respect us.
So, to every Republican who thinks we should “give him a chance,” I ask: How many times does he have to abuse and disrespect us before enough is enough?