portrait of Melvine Ouyo in her Nairobi clinic.

March 2021

The Global Gag Rule Is Gone … for Now

On January 20, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris were sworn into office. The Trump era is officially over, and though repairing the damage remains a herculean task, the new administration wasted no time in getting started.

Cover image: Melvine Ouyo, a Nairobi-based reproductive health nurse and former clinic director at Family Health Options Kenya, lost funding due to Trump’s Global Gag Rule. In May 2020, she founded Hope for Kenya Slum Adolescents Initiative, where she serves as Executive Director. (Lisa Shannon)
“As a front-line provider, as an activist on the ground, the Global Gag Rule has really had devastating impacts. It was not easy for individuals, organizations, as well as even the government, to contain the kind of impact that has been felt on the ground.” Melvine Ouyo
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Photo, right: President Joe Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris, signs a memorandum rescinding the Global Gag Rule, in the Oval Office of the White House, on January 28, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris (L), signs executive orders on health care, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 28, 2021. - The orders include reopening enrollment in the federal Affordable Care Act. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Infographic highlighting topics tied to population and peace. Population growth will be among the main challenges for development and peace. By 2050, the global population is projected to grow 35% in the least peaceful countries compared to a 2% decline in the most peaceful. 80% of the world's population will live in countries which are in the bottom half of the global peace index rankings. An estimated 2 billion people currently face moderate or severe food insecurity. By 2050 this figure is expected to increase to 3.5billion. There is now 60% less fresh water available per person compared to early 60s. Natural disasters displaced 25million people in 2019. This is three times higher than the 8.6 million displaced by armed conflict.