Capitol Hill Days 2018: An “Empowering” and “Revolutionary” Experience

350 activists came to CHD 2018!

Over the weekend of March 16–19, nearly 350 activists from 25 states stormed D.C. to speak out against Trump’s Global Gag Rule, and to urge their elected officials to support the Global HER Act and a $1.2 billion U.S. investment in international family planning — including $70 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). They met with 169 members of Congress in their #Fight4HER in Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Harrington, Senior Director of Advocacy and Outreach, with Olga Zoraqi, who accepted the Empower Her, Empower Humanity award on behalf of Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV/3)

“Thank you so much for such an action-packed and inspiring weekend. The speakers, the push for advocacy radiating from the conference attendees, and the tools you have given us reaffirm my desire to go out into the world and do something to help support others all over the world.”

– April Rose Nguyen

Participants at the reception toast Rep. Rosen for her steadfast support (from left: Methembe Moyo, Jessica Rojas, Sainna Christian, and April Rose Nguyen)

“Great people. Can’t say enough about them.”

– Glen Herman

Participants give a standing ovation to our South African keynote speaker, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng (front row: Suzanne York, Jean Perry-Jones, and Samantha Wirkus).

“Meeting so many diverse, compassionate, and intelligent people in one space was a revolutionary experience.”

– Gahiji Lewis

Peter Obila, Martin Nungari, David Okinyi, and Anderson Nyaga pledge to fight for reproductive health and rights for all.

“I’ve been to a lot of conferences and this one was different. You managed to mix education with activism and I really got a lot out of that experience.”

– Andre Desir

Keia Harris discusses the impacts of Trump’s Global Gag Rule with panelist Melvine Ouyo, Reproductive Health Officer of Family Health Options Kenya.

“I really enjoyed the workshops, and learned so many things that I was previously uneducated about. I brought back many of your handouts and shared with fellow social workers that I work with here in Las Vegas because I value the information and education that I attained this past weekend. This was truly the most empowering experience of my life to date.”

– Gabriela Garcia

Activists from Wisconsin meet with their senators and representatives to discuss increased access to and funding for voluntary family planning services around the world.

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