Advocacy Update: WOV Charlotte Goes to WashingtonThrough prayer, giving, and actions Women of Vision across the country have impacted lives around the world. Next week, Women of Vision Charlotte are going to Washington, D.C. to see first-hand the impact their voice can have.
A group of 11 women will be coming to Washington, D.C., for the first D.C. Vision Trip with World Vision’s Advocacy team. Across two days, they will meet with policy advisers and learn about the different areas World Vision works in─ fragile states, maternal and child health, water, sanitation, and hygiene, child protection, and others. They will have personalized advocacy trainings with Alexia Salvatierra, learn ways they can take their advocacy further, and then head to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress!
A primary focus of the trip will be on mothers and babies. Technical experts from the field will share the most relevant issues facing mothers right now and the solutions that we believe can make the most difference. When meeting with members of Congress, we will share why we believe maternal and child health is so important and ask the members of Congress to not forget the most vulnerable.
Please pray for the trip. Pray for the Women of Vision and staff as they travel to Washington, D.C. Pray for learning, open minds, open hearts, and for the members of Congress that we meet with. Pray for mothers and children around the world who we will be advocating for.
If you are interested in a D.C. Vision Trip, there will be more opportunities coming up. Watch the Women of Vision blog for details.
The President’s Budget
Earlier this month, the President released his proposed budget for FY 16. This is the first step in a nearly year-long process of setting the United States’ Federal budget for the next year. When we look at the budget from the perspective of advocating for the poor, there are positives and negatives. The next step is for Congress to make their own proposals and changes. While the dollar figures for foreign assistance may seem large, overall, these numbers are still less than 1% of the U.S. Federal Budget.
For maternal and child health, overall the funding is higher─ this is good. However, some critical programs, including programs to fund vaccines and fight HIV/AIDS have proposed cuts. Read more details here.
We are also closely watching the budget in regards to South Sudan. The Child Soldier Prevention Act mandates that no U.S. military aid is given to countries that knowingly use child soldiers, but the President can issue a waiver to the law and include military aid for some or all of these countries in the budget. Last year, South Sudan was issued a partial waiver. Read more here.
The Girls Count Act
We are waiting for the Girls Count Act to be reintroduced. We will keep you updated!