- Caroline Kuo: On Monday, the US announced the defunding of the UN Population Fund
- It's the latest Trump decision that undermines the health and safety of girls across the globe
Caroline Kuo is the inaugural Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Brown University School of Public Health and a professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She is a fellow with the Public Voices Greenhouse through The OpEd Project. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
(CNN)Thandiwe, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, wakes up every morning at 6 a.m. to iron her school uniform in a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. She times her walk to make it as quickly and safely as possible over the main artery of the township, through narrow alleyways and into her middle school.