Naz Smyth:The future of global women’s rights under Trump? ‘It could be devastating.’

Trump’s team wanted details about the US State Department’s spending on gender equality, and names of people whose primary function was to promote gender issues. “It wasn’t a benign request,” said Ambassador Cathy Russell, head of the Office of Global Women's Issues in Barack Obama's State Department, whose office fielded the request. "They were looking for the family planning money and the LGBT programming and spending." She didn’t give them the information. Weeks later, President Trump signed an executive order cutting off US funding to global women’s health organizations worldwide if they counseled, referred or advocated for access to abortion. Trump has also threatened to end funding for the UN and specifically the UN Population Fund, which provides contraceptives to tens of thousands of women in Africa [...]