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Obama Signs Executive Order to End Violence to the World’s Women

Written by Gary North on August 13, 2012

President Obama has added to the burden of Americans. He has determined that it is now the responsibility of taxpayers to police the world’s treatment of women. He has signed an executive order which establishes a new foreign policy objective: ending violence to women everywhere.

It is a good idea to end violence against women. But why does the U.S. government have the authority to police the world? How will this claim affect foreign relations? Is the U.S. government going to enforce this? How? With what means?

Here are highlights of the new order. A new bureaucracy will be created to monitor violations and formulate appropriate responses.

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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. (a) Recognizing that gender-based violence undermines not only the safety, dignity, and human rights of the millions of individuals who experience it, but also the public health, economic stability, and security of nations, it is the policy and practice of the executive branch of the United States Government to have a multi-year strategy that will more effectively prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally.

(b) Under the leadership of my Administration, the United States has made gender equality and women’s empowerment a core focus of our foreign policy. This focus is reflected in our National Security Strategy, the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, and the 2010 U.S. Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. Evidence demonstrates that women’s empowerment is critical to building stable, democratic societies; to supporting open and accountable governance; to furthering international peace and security; to growing vibrant market economies; and to addressing pressing health and education challenges.

(c) Preventing and responding to gender-based violence is a cornerstone of my Administration’s commitment to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Such violence significantly hinders the ability of individuals to fully participate in, and contribute to, their communities — economically, politically, and socially. It is a human rights violation or abuse; a public health challenge; and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation. It is associated with adverse health outcomes, limited access to education, increased costs relating to medical and legal services, lost household productivity, and reduced income, and there is evidence it is exacerbated in times of crisis, such as emergencies, natural disasters, and violent conflicts. . . .

Sec. 2. Creating an Interagency Working Group. There is established an Interagency Working Group (Working Group) to address gender-based violence, which shall coordinate implementation of the Strategy by the executive departments and agencies that are members of the Working Group (member agencies) in accordance with the priorities set forth in section 3 of this order.

(a) The Working Group shall be co-chaired by the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Co-Chairs). In addition to the Co-Chairs, the Working Group shall consist of representatives from:

(i) the Department of the Treasury;

(ii) the Department of Defense;

(iii) the Department of Justice;

(iv) the Department of Labor;

(v) the Department of Health and Human Services;

(vi) the Department of Homeland Security;

(vii) the Office of Management and Budget;

(viii) the National Security Staff;

(ix) the Office of the Vice President;

(x) the Peace Corps;

(xi) the Millennium Challenge Corporation;

(xii) the White House Council on Women and Girls; and

(xiii) other executive departments, agencies, and offices, as designated by the Co-Chairs.

(b) Within 120 days of the date of this order, the Co-Chairs shall convene the first meeting of the Working Group to:

(i) establish benchmarks to implement the Strategy; and

(ii) determine a timetable for periodically reviewing those benchmarks.

(c) Within 18 months of the date of this order, the Working Group shall complete a progress report for submission to the Co-Chairs evaluating the U.S. Government’s implementation of the Strategy.

(d) Within 3 years of the date of this order, the Working Group shall complete a final evaluation for submission to the Co-Chairs of the U.S. Government’s implementation of the Strategy.

(e) Within 180 days of completing its final evaluation of the Strategy in accordance with subsection (d) of this section, the Working Group shall update or revise the Strategy to take into account the information learned and the progress made during and through the implementation of the Strategy.

(f) The activities of the Working Group shall, consistent with law, take due account of existing interagency bodies and coordination mechanisms and will coordinate with such bodies and mechanisms where appropriate in order to avoid duplication of efforts.

Sec. 3. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally. Member agencies shall implement the Strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally. . . .

(ii) Member agencies shall deepen engagement and coordination with other governments; international organizations, including multilateral and bilateral actors; the private sector; and civil society organizations, such as representatives of indigenous and marginalized groups, foundations, community-based, faith-based, and regional organizations (including those that serve survivors), labor unions, universities, and research organizations. The Working Group shall consider a range of mechanisms by which these stakeholders may provide input to the U.S. Government on its role in preventing and responding to gender-based violence globally. . . .

(d) Enhancing or Expanding U.S. Government Programming that Addresses Gender-based Violence. Consistent with the availability of appropriations, the U.S. Government shall support programming that provides a comprehensive and multi-sector approach to preventing and responding to gender-based violence; shall consider replicating or expanding successful programs; and shall assess the feasibility of a focused, coordinated, comprehensive, and multi-sector approach to gender-based violence in one or more countries. . . .

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16 thoughts on “Obama Signs Executive Order to End Violence to the World’s Women

  1. Dictator Obama is just implamenting the police state we should not be so suprised,

  2. How idiotic can one person be? DICTATOR of the world!

  3. Hey Obozo, how about protecting innocent life of fetuses (babies) worldwide, and stopping abortion? Sorry, that doesn't fit your left-wing radical Progressive agenda.

  4. Sign him up for another Nobel Peace Prize … He just ended violence against women!

    Is there some fine print in his declaration that exemps muslims? In many muslim cultures, women are not people, they're chattel. Beat them, stone them, deface them, as you like. Kill them, if it suits you. HONOR KILLING = "Hey, the b*tch p*ssed me off"

    In reality, our "Questionable Citizenship-in-Chief" was a muslim. He's still a closet muslim. In his writings, he's very supportive of them and he wrote that if/when it hits the fan, he'll side with them. You can see it in his foriegn policy when it comes to issues with Israel. BUT, at least he saved women. God (or is it Allah) save the King!

  5. sean murry says:

    Dont believe this sack of manure.

  6. mrsgunnut10 says:

    Okay American Voters, If this Presidential Order doesn't wake you up to the fact that Obama is running for the World's Dictatorship, nothing will – you must be in a deep sleep. This Order has to be the most outlandish proposal layed at the feet of the American Tax Payer's ever. Your Children, Grand Children, Great Grand Children and beyond will be paying for this stupidity forever, if YOU let this peice of garbage, stand as Governmental Policy. What do you think Obama has planned for your Family Survivors if you vote him in as President for another four years?? That is the question you are going to be facing IF you put him in Office for another four years, are you ready to answer your own questions. Thank about it when you go Vote in November 2012. It is your decision alone. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

  7. timlebsack says:

    Are Executive Orders even constitutional?? Do they not always or often overreach the Constitutional powers of the POTUS??
    Why doesn't Congress put the kibosh on these power grabs??

  8. Patriot1776 says:

    His royal proclamation begins with "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America," The Constitution does not authorize him to create legislation.

  9. Constitutionalists and the people who would buy this (and there are many, don't kid yourself) are so far apart that it would be measured in light-years. I don't really see any remedy, ultimately, than some kind of split–you go your way, we'll go ours. If we do, by some miracle, succeed in returning the US to its constitutional roots, we'll always have a large and growing contingent among us who would like nothing better than to return to the welfare/warfare/world rule state. This won't go away. The only alternative is if some sort of paradigm shift occurs within society at large similar to the PC phenomenon which rules so many hearts and minds. But there's a problem with this: Truth seems to have a much harder time gaining traction in the public mind than error. H. L. Mencken firmly believed this. A wise grandmother told her grandson, "People will lie even when the truth will do better". Just human nature, I guess.

  10. Dissgussted says:

    @timlebsack, Executive orders are allowed, but are really supposed to be used more in case of emergency. This so-called "president" has abused them, way more than any of his predecessors(except Wilson or FDR). Don't you love that he says at the beginning " by the power vested in me as President and authorized by the Constitution…" He refers to the Constitution when it suits him at the same time he is shredding it!
    There is no way we need to or should take it upon ourselves to be the police force for women's rights and against violence against women.

  11. What BS! Let's add some more bureacracy, steal some more taxpayer money while Obama actively supports Sharia Law in the US, and is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood Worldwide.

  12. Wapitiman says:

    By the authority vested in me by the constitution (which I trashed) and the laws of the United States of America (which I ignore at will) I hereby wave my magic wand protecting women around the world (over which I have absolutely no authority).
    Now, American women will be so impressed that they will flock to the voting booths and affirm my sorry-a$$ed administration.
    Allah bless you, every one!

  13. Wapitiman says:

    David,
    You are 100% correct. We are so polarized that I don't see us ever getting united (outside of WWIII). Although we are not literally one, we are following the downhill path of many democracies (like ancient Greece and later Rome) who feasted at the public trough until the country was destroyed. I see America so far down the slippery slope, that I question whether we can turn ourselves around. I remain hopeful but extremely pessimistic.
    We've taken God from our schools, and our courthouses, and our civic lives and now we must bear the consequences. Let us pray: Our congress who are in Washington…

  14. Hes just setting the stage for one world order! No mystery here. After all he already has "The One" affirmed and growing. I think most women can see through this horse hockey.

  15. Sure do wish there was a way to put the brakes on this executive order abuse! Probably is, but no one is going to try to curtail it!

  16. Remember if you don't agree with Obummer, you're a racist(and will be put back in chains). Wonder how this executive order set with his fellow Muslim buddies!!!