The United Kingdom’s Decision to Cut Foreign Aid is having Catastrophic Effects on Women’s Reproductive Rights and Sexual Health.
In November 2020, the UK Conservative government made the decision to cut foreign aid as a result of the pandemic. Reaching only 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI), the UK now falls below the recommended target of 0.7% of GNI suggested by the United Nations. This cut has seen Yemen, considered to currently be the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, lose 60% of its international aid from the UK.
Abi Richards disseminates in this article what this cut has meant for women’s reproductive rights. Seeing a fall of £134m, which is usually spent on reproductive health around the world, this article interrogates the importance of reproductive rights, why they must be respected as human rights, and how NGOs providing essential services are being affected.