Biden to ask Congress for $2.6 billion to promote gender equity | Government and politics

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE – Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday he would ask Congress for $2.6 billion for foreign aid programs that promote gender equality worldwidemore than double the size of last year’s demand.

Biden announced his intentions on International Women’s Day, which is set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

Biden created the first-ever White House Gender Policy Council on International Women’s Day last year to help promote gender equity across the administration.

He said everyone deserves to live up to their “God-given” potential, regardless of gender, and that societies work best when women and girls are allowed to thrive.

“Ensuring that every woman and girl has that chance is not only the right thing to do, it is also a strategic imperative that advances the prosperity, stability and security of our nation and the world,” said the President in a written statement.

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The White House also hosted a livestreamed International Women’s Day event on Tuesday to discuss the announcement, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken of Europe, Acting Budget Director Shalanda Young, the US Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power and Jen Klein, Director of Gender Policy. Advice. They will be joined by young women leaders from Ukraine, Brazil, Zambia, Burma, Jordan and the United States. Biden was not scheduled to participate.

Jill Biden marked International Women’s Day with a video tribute to women around the world “who bravely use their voices, no matter what”.

“To our sisters in Ukraine who are fighting to keep their country free and their families alive: we stand in solidarity with you,” the first lady said. “To our sisters in Russia who are protesting and speaking out against the invasion at the risk of their lives: we see your courage,” she added.

“And to women warriors around the world, those who fight for justice and work for change: thank you for building a better future for all of us,” said the first lady, who is visiting Arizona.

Biden’s $2.6 billion funding request will be included in his federal budget proposal for fiscal year 2023, which begins Oct. 1.

Biden requested $1.2 billion for gender equality programs in his 2022 budget proposal. The numbers have not been finalized since Congress is still working on the budget.

The White House has not said when Biden will send his 2023 spending proposal to Congress.

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