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Booker Introduces Resolution Recognizing Women’s Health Week

May 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa And Global Health Policy, introduced a resolution recognizing National Women’s Health Week and the importance of empowering young women to make informed decisions about their sexual activity and effective steps to prevent against HIV.

“Our nation and global community are stronger when women and girls are healthy and have the power to make their own decisions about their health care and their bodies,” Booker said. “National Women’s Health Week is a key reminder of how important that work is to ensuring stable communities here at home and in nations across the globe.”

“Research has shown that when women and girls have the ability to exercise their rights to safe, voluntary family planning, and adequate health services, they can provide a better future for themselves and be powerful catalysts for change in their communities,” Booker added. “The U.S. has been a leader in the prevention and treatment of HIV through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  (PEPFAR) program, which was created in 2003 and has saved millions of lives. The U.S. should continue this extraordinary leadership.”

Today’s resolution is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Advocates for Youth, AIDS United, AVAC, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the Guttmacher Institute, the Center for Health and Gender Equity, SisterLove, PAI, the American Jewish World Service, the International Women’s Health Coalition, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Friends of UNFPA.

Full text of the resolution is here.