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Bethany Kozma

Senior Advisor to the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (USAID)

Appointed by Trump: 6-29-2017

Who is Bethany Kozma?

The Trump-Pence administration is pushing policy after policy to take away our rights to control our bodies and our lives. Here’s how Bethany Kozma — senior advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment — is playing a part.

“...[T]his radical agenda of subjective ‘gender fluidity’ and unrestricted shower and bathroom access actually endangers all.”

Tell Congress: Support women’s health worldwide. End the global gag rule.

Here is what Bethany Kozma controls

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

One of the largest official aid agencies in the world, USAID provides U.S. foreign development assistance to over 100 countries. Its programs are tasked with helping reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and empower women.

Related Policies

Global Gag Rule

UNFPA

LGBTQ Rights

The Title X Gag Rule

Background on Bethany Kozma

Kozma to UN: Don’t Talk About Birth Control

Bethany Kozma argued to remove all mentions of modern contraceptives from official UN documentation, even though part of USAID’s mission is to increase global access to these services.

The Independent
Discriminating Against Trans Young People

Bethany Kozma spearheaded a campaign to take away civil rights protections for transgender youth.

International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC)
Belittling Trans Kids

Bethany Kozma has belittled the identities of transgender people by referring to trans youth as gender-confused children.

Newsweek
'A Pro-Life Country'

During the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2018, Bethany Kozma called the U.S. "a pro-life country," a claim that misrepresents strong domestic support for abortion and the fact that abortion is legal in the United States.

Newsweek
Pushing Harmful Myths on Trans-Inclusive Policies and Bathroom Safety

Bethany Kozma argued that there’s a direct link between sexual predators and transgender people’s right to access the bathrooms of their choice.

GLAAD