Americans for UNFPA
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2008)|
Americans for UNFPA's name was changed to Friends of UNFPA in 2012.
Americans for UNFPA identifies itself as an organization which "supports the health and dignity of women everywhere." This U.S. based NGO was formed in 1998 (as "The U.S. Committee for the United Nations Population Fund") to raise political and financial support in within the United States for the work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
During the Bush Administration, Americans for UNFPA advocated for the Administration to restore United States funding to UNFPA (which the President Bush withheld for seven years for a total of $244 million. (Like all UN agencies, UNFPA is funded by voluntary contributions.) Currently, Americans for UNFPA advocates for fighting for the United States to contribute a significant contribution to UNFPA to "signal a return of American leadership to global women’s health".
UNFPA provides women's health care and promotes the rights of women in more than 140 countries around the world, making it the largest multilateral source of such assistance. UNFPA's support of women's health care includes family planning, maternal health and HIV prevention programs. Additionally, UNFPA programs prevent gender-based violence and promote girls' access to education.
Americans for UNFPA is headquartered in New York, with offices in Washington DC and Seattle. Its President is Valerie DeFillipo.