We were disappointed to cancel our in-person Capitol Hill Days event, but the quarantine didn’t stop us from demanding action. This year, we took the fight for health, empowerment, and rights online during our CHD Digital Weekend!
During our CHD Digital Weekend, #Fight4HER activists all across the country came together to fight back against Trump’s deadly policies, like the Global Gag Rule, that have devastated access to reproductive health care globally. They joined us to call on Congress to end the Global Gag Rule and to invest $1.6 billion in international family planning, including $111 million for UNFPA, to ensure access to reproductive health care around the world.
We started the weekend with a kick-off call on Friday, March 27, where 95 activists from across the country joined us to hear about all the ways they can take action to advocate for reproductive health and rights around the globe. We were joined by Melvine Ouyo, #Fight4HER Advocate from Nairobi, Kenya, who talked about the critical importance of repealing the Global Gag Rule and investing in international family planning and reproductive health programs.
Later on Friday, our sister organization, Population Connection Action Fund, stormed Twitter with a #Fight4HER “rally.” Over 2,000 people participated in the rally, which reached over 9.2 million people—the Action Fund’s most successful social media engagement to date. Notably, #Fight4HER trended on Twitter in the United States thanks to activists and partner organizations sharing their powerful videos about why they #Fight4HER to repeal Trump’s Global Gag Rule.
On Saturday and Sunday, we released a series of digital sessions. These videos gave our activists the opportunity to connect virtually with a great lineup of reproductive health and progressive organizing experts who spoke about the crucial need for reproductive justice and the devastating impact of Trump’s Global Gag Rule, and shared advocacy and organizing tips. Here are the individual sessions, with links to each on the Population Connection Action Fund YouTube channel:
- Reproductive Justice in Global Contexts
- Uniting Progressive Power Across Movements
- The Chilling Effect: How the U.S. Exports Its Anti-Choice Agenda
- The Politics of International Planning: Learn Your Advocacy Skills
On Monday, March 30, we stormed congressional offices with emails, tweets, and phone calls to demand access to comprehensive reproductive health care around the world. In all, we had 980 advocates make 3,224 legislator connections, and we held virtual meetings with congressional offices in key states with constituents across the country. We engaged with key members of Congress, including Rep. Susie Lee who joined our Nevada activists for their virtual meeting, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Annie Kuster, and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who tweeted out their support for the #Fight4HER to repeal the Global Gag Rule.
Our activists made it clear to their elected officials that global reproductive health needs to be a top priority. We could not be more grateful for everyone who helped us take Capitol Hill Days online. If you missed the action, you can still join in by calling on your elected officials to support policies that expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care around the world.