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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, President Biden announced that he will ask Congress to approve $2.6 billion for foreign assistance programs to promote “gender equity” around the world.
Biden made this known in an official statement issued Tuesday morning, in which he said he would “recognize the achievements” of women in the United States and around the world, “celebrate progress” and “recommit” to improvement.
“Improving the status of women and girls strengthens economies, democracies, and societies across the board,” reads Biden’s statement, saying he made “gender equity” a “cornerstone” of his administration.
The text continues, “I’m proud that my FY 2023 Budget will request $2.6 billion for foreign assistance programs that promote gender equality worldwide,” noting that the figure is more than double than what was requested last year for the same purpose.
The president stated that women face “obstacles that limit their possibilities” to participate in the economic, social and political life of the country, and asserted that the COVID-19 pandemic “disproportionately” affected women’s performance in the workforce.
Luis Cornelio is the English Editor-in-Chief at El American. After graduating cum laude from the Colin Powell School for Civil and Global Leadership, he went on to intern at the Heritage Foundation. Most recently he served on President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, writing research articles on topics including law and order, immigration, and the Supreme Court. He also currently works as the Director of Communications for Got Freedom and researcher for the election integrity watchdog Amistad Project. A Dominican-American, he was granted U.S. citizenship in February 2020.
// Luis Cornelio es el English Editor-in-Chief de El American. Después de graduarse cum laude de la Escuela Colin Powell de Liderazgo Civil y Global, pasó a ser pasante de la Heritage Foundation. Recientemente, participó en la campaña de reelección del presidente Donald Trump escribiendo artículos de investigación sobre temas como la ley y el orden, la inmigración y la Corte Suprema. Actualmente trabaja como director de Comunicaciones de Got Freedom y es investigador para el grupo de integridad electoral, el Amistad Project. Un dominicano-americano, se le otorgó la ciudadanía americana en febrero de 2020.