What is civic space? It's the ability for health clinics to operate freely towards eradicating polio in Pakistan, it enables humanitarians to rapidly deliver shelter after a hurricane in the Philippines, and it is imperative to the fight for greater justice and equality in South Africa, and here at home.
Women are often disproportionately affected by armed conflict, yet are also often excluded from peace processes and seen as helpless and vulnerable victims in need of protection. This month we mark International Women's Day 2015 by celebrating women's progress toward greater political, social, and economic freedoms.
To prevent future crises and help build resilient communities, it is necessary for the U.S. to continue investments in programs that help the world's poor and vulnerable populations obtain access to health care, clean water, nutritious food, and basic education, as well as promote economic growth and democracy and human rights.