In just five weeks, the She Decides initiative has managed to raise €181 million to counter President Trump’s ‘gag rule’, prohibiting the public financing of organisations that advise citizens on abortion as a method of family planning.
It all started on 24 January in the Netherlands. Shocked by the American leader’s decision to reinstate the global ‘gag rule’, which undermines years of progress on sexual health and reproductive rights in the developing world, Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for international trade and development decided to launch a counter-offensive.
Support flooded in from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Cape Verde and Canada, while Dutch embassies around the world have seen large numbers of citizens arriving to ask how they can personally make a contribution. In just a few days, She Decides made the headlines in 123 countries.
The European Commission, however will not contribute to the initiative. Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway will each give €10m, while Finland and Sweden have promised €20m and Luxembourg €2m.