Public Option Defeated in the Senate Finance Committee

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In an effort to enable a public insurance program to compete with insurance companies to provide lower-priced, reliable choices for consumers shopping for health care coverage, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) offered an amendment during mark-up of the Senate Finance Health Reform Bill to do so.  The amendment was defeated by a vote of 15 – […]

IWHC at the First Annual Meeting of the MesoAmerican Coalition for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

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Last week, I attended the first Meeting of the MesoAmerican Coalition for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Mexico City. The Meeting was an initiative of IPPF-RHO and the Mexican Demysex “Democracy and Sexuality”, a Mexican organization working on issues of sexuality and civil participation. The meeting lasted two days and had the purpose of setting […]

Blogging from the UN: Combating Violence Against Girls

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One month after the New York Times Magazine dedicated an entire issue to the discussion of why women’s rights are the cause of our time, events and meetings related to the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York this week echoed the need for investment in women and girls worldwide. Today, I attended a […]

5th Annual Clinton Global Initative Meeting Kicks Off in Manhattan

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This week President Bill Clinton is hosting the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an event that brings together global leaders from business, government, academia, science, religion, and NGO’s, including numerous heads of state, former heads of state, CEO’s of multinational corporations, and prominent philanthropists.  The Meeting is meant to be a venue […]

Amendment to Senate Health Reform Bill Poised to Increase Access to Family Planning, Improve Reproductive Health

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Senator Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, included Senator Stabenow’s (D-MI) amendment to expand Medicaid coverage of family planning services into the Chairman’s Mark, which will revise the Senate Finance Health Reform Bill the Committee began marking up this week. This is a victory for reproductive health advocates and the millions of low-income […]

IWHC and UNF Host Event with Authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

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This week, IWHC co-hosted an event with the United Nations Foundation to celebrate the release of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the new book by Pulitzer-Prize-winning team Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. The luncheon discussion was moderated by IWHC President Adrienne Germain and centered around global women’s health and […]

Realizing Rights: Access to Legal Abortion in India

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Audacia Ray,  Online Communications and Campaigns Program Officer at IWHC, is traveling in India for two weeks with Asia Program Officer Khushbu Srivastava.  During the trip, Audacia and Khushbu will visit our partners in the region, document their work, and provide training and technical assistance, among other things. Here we bring you the second of […]