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Volume 14
No. 5
July, 2020

Pro-Abortion NGOs Rocked by Charges of Racism, ‘White Supremacy’

Two leading pro-abortion organizations operating globally and with UN agencies and officials have been charged with racism and white supremacy by former Black and staff members of color.  Women Deliver and International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) are both facing charges by former staff who claim racism and what is described as a “white savior complex” perpetuated by white women running the organizations and serving on the boards. As these organizations evaluate their internal actions for racism, they would do well to evaluate their external actions for racism and elitism.


According to [30A54A9F56FD4D7580E0A48283918E5C]Reuters, “Experts said the problems at New York-based Women Deliver were endemic in the NGO world, with widespread complaints of racial inequality in a sector already under fire for sexual abuse of vulnerable women”, referring to the revelation in 2018 that Oxfam staff had used prostitutes in Haiti during an earthquake relief mission which led to a wider discussion of abuse in the sector.

The head of Women Deliver, Dutch-born Katja Iversen who previously held positions at both UNFPA and UNICEF, apologized and took a leave of absence as the organization investigates the charges.  Iversen has been touted for her work on gender equality and has a close relationship with both French President Emmanuel Macron—she is a member of Macron’s G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council—and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Last year at the G7 she attempted to elicit G7 support for the Advisory Council 's Action Plan that stated: "Access to safe abortion is a fundamental right, as it falls within the right of every person to have the freedom of decision over, and respect for, their own body." President Trump’s presence and anticipated opposition prevented her from acting on her plan.

Tweets by former staff have appeared in news reports and opinion pieces.

“My time at Women Deliver was plagued by straight up racist, white faux feminism & toxic clickish (sic) behavior — from the top down,” wrote former employee Chelsea Williams-Diggs,

Also undergoing scrutiny is International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) which is active at the UN and known for its pro-abortion activism. This month it was selected by UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum to be a leader along with IPPF, for the Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Action Coalition “to ensure efforts to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights are grounded in the realities, expertise, and priorities of feminist movements in the Global South.”

This was a few days before past employees sent their complaints of racism to the IWHC chair of the board saying it was “from the former, truly bold and independent voices of the International Women’s Health Coalition”.

They described a “toxic and racist organisational culture with almost all the power held in the hands of white women at the top of the organisation” and accused some managers of publicly humiliating, intimidating and belittling Black and women of color which they say has been “an open secret for far too long”.

The staff called upon IWHC to release staff from past non-disclosure agreements so “they can speak their truth” and called upon IWHC to decolonize “its philanthropy by shifting funding away from elites within the Global South” and direct it to back to the “center” of movements.

IWHC staff are not alone in calls to decolonize the work in the sector.  The leader of Ipas, Ana Kumar, writing in White Supremacy in Global Health states,

 What we don’t talk about explicitly enough, however, is how white supremacy operates in this sector. In many cases, we focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, mentorship, and funding strategies—which are all important. What we don’t talk about is how the structures and operations of our organizations are part of white supremacist culture. We don’t talk about how white people and those who center whiteness, including me, support policies and programs that perpetuate neo-colonialism.

Ana Kumar ought to read Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in the Twenty-First Century: Ideological Neo-Colonialism Of The Twenty-First Century by Obianuju Ekeocha who warns about neocolonialism and the attitude that disregards and denigrates cultural and religious values in pursuit of the legalization of the death of children in the womb through abortion and population control.

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In this Issue

International Pressure for Abortion
Pro-Abortion NGOs Rocked by Charges of Racism, 'White Supremacy'
Oh Canada, "Mothers and babies need support, not abortion!"
Defending Life
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Funding Restrictions
Actor Thanks President Trump; Asks for Prayer for Pro-Life Leaders
Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
El Salvador- Evidence Reveals Equal Disregard for Newly Born and Unborn
Focus on the United Nations
US Again Speaks Out Against Abortion
Abortionist Appointed to UN Position on Health
Focus on the OAS
IACHR Calls for Access to Reproductive Health Services during Pandemic
Legislative News
UK: Pro-Life Hail Victory as Pro-Abortion Amendments Fail 
Northern Ireland Says No, UK Votes Yes to Impose Abortion Law 
Kenya: Senate Considers Bill to Expand Abortion 
Guernsey: Abortion to be Allowed 
US: Tennessee Approves Heartbeat Bill 
Judicial News
US: Supreme Court Strikes Down State Law Regulating Abortion Clinics
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