Centre for Health and Gender Equality (Change) Research

Women’s Action Group as a key women’s rights organization in Zimbabwe partnered with CHANGE to document the impacts of the Global Gag Rule (GGR)33 highlighting how different sectors have been affected and what this means for the future.The enforcement of the Global GAG Rule in 2017 by Donald Trump the President of the United States of America meant a number of organizations, Government and civil society were affected in Zimbabwe and globally.

To understand the impacts of the Global Gag Rule on family planning, HIV and post abortion service delivery services in Zimbabwe. WAG focused on the impact of the GGR on women and organisations whose funding has been cut due to the GGR. The key findings indicated that funding repercussions meant reduction in family planning sites, an anticipated increase in unsafe abortions, a shortage of FP commodities thus putting the lives of many women at risk.  The quality of programme outcomes and   sustainability of organizations supported by USAID was affected as funding was cut short and projects had to be terminated mid-way. The experience and impact has been a huge wakeup call for Zimbabwe as it is now a lived reality.

Edinah Masiyiwa presenting on the impact of the Global gag rule on SRHR service provision in Zimbabwe in Washington
Edinah Masiyiwa presenting on the impact of the Global gag rule on SRHR service provision in Zimbabwe in Washington