Mobbs’s full testimony can be found HERE once the hearing begins.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Just weeks after the horrendous atrocities against women and girls in Israel, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) today announced that IWF Senior Fellow Meaghan Mobbs will testify before the U.S. House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs on October 25 at 10:00 a.m. ET on global religious persecution.

The hearing, entitled, “Faith Under Fire: An Examination of Global Religious Persecution,” will consider how Congress can address rampant religious persecution around the world. Mobbs will testify on how these evils are uniquely perpetrated against women and girls, and how the ability to procreate, something only women are capable of, is used as a tool to oppress.

In her testimony, Mobbs writes, in part, “A woman is an adult female human. While we appear to struggle with that definition in the West, oppressive regimes, authoritarians, and fanatics all over the world do not have the same ‘confusion’ as they use that biological fact as a means to identify, subjugate, and tyrannize women and girls. Globally, religious women endure distinct forms of violence and persecution due to their sex and their capacity to bear future generations.” 

Hearing witnesses include:

  • Dr. Meaghan Mobbs, Senior Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum
  • David Curry, President and CEO, Global Christian Relief;
  • Dr. Eric Patterson, President, Religious Freedom Institute; and 

Specific areas of concern that Mobbs will focus on in her testimony include:

  • The last two years which have revealed the perilous state of our safety and security in an increasingly dangerous world; 
  • The tense global climate that has concurrently created a precipitous uptick in religious persecution of women and girls; and 
  • Recent foreign policy and aid decisions which have placed the most vulnerable in worse conditions.

During her testimony, Mobbs will highlight the need for Congress to:

  • Reaffirm their commitment and fund programs dedicated to traditional democracy and human rights promotion; 
  • Effectively address the rampant regression of women’s rights, including their religious freedom, in response to the Biden administration’s downgrading of religious freedom as a foundational principle across the world; and 
  • Correct the disconnect between the Biden administration’s rhetoric and actions demonstrated through massive U.S. financial aid to nations which violate women’s rights. 

“There has been an alarming uptick in the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities around the globe and the Biden Administration’s inaction in protecting these groups has led to devastating consequences. Christians in Nigeria and Iran, Uyghurs in China, or women in Afghanistan, all face increased threats and violence due to the Biden Administration’s foreign policy blunders which have emboldened cruel and theocratic regimes and leave the United States less secure. This subcommittee hearing will be a powerful opportunity to hear from experts on how global religious freedom impacts national security and what can be done to enhance protection for these persecuted factions,” said Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs Chairman Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.).


WHAT: The U.S. House Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs Hearing, Entitled, “Faith Under Fire: An Examination of Global Religious Persecution”

WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, at 10:00 AM

WHERE: Room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building 

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Mobbs’s full testimony can also be found HERE once the hearing begins.

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