Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

Earlier this week, we posted on a luncheon event at the UN hosted by the Global Health Council on linkages between Health & Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality. The following is a transcript of the speech IWHC President Adrienne Germain delivered at the event. When we think about women’s empowerment…

Photoblog: A Look at Abortion Access & Clinics in India

In India abortion is legally available during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy in a variety of cases: when there is risk to the mother’s life, physical or mental health; rape or fetal abnormality; as well as social or economic reasons. India has had legal abortion for about the same length of time the United…

Spain Declares Abortion a Woman's Right, Removes Threat of Imprisonment for Obtaining Abortion

Today, the Spanish Senate approved a sweeping new law that eases restrictions on abortion, declaring it a woman’s right and removing the threat of imprisonment. The new law also allows women to obtain abortion without restrictions up to 14 weeks into the pregnancy, and gives 16- and 17-year-olds the…

Speaking Up and Acting Out: Advocates Come to NY for Major UN Meeting

My grandmother didn’t know she had rights. My mother thought she could only be a wife and mother. My older sister doesn’t know about her body. This stops with me and my generation. These are the words of Clara Nkwemi, who addressed policymakers and donors at a reception during the Fourth Africa Conference on…

IWHC President Speaks at the UN on Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

Today, IWHC President Adrienne Germain spoke on a luncheon panel held before a special event on philanthropy and women at the UN. The luncheon preceded a United Nations event hosted by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), called “Engaging philanthropy to promote gender…

Foluke Ojelabi-Ogunyemi

Young people in my community have a dire need for current and correct knowledge on sexual and reproductive health issues, especially the young girls who are still being married off in teen age. I would use the Young Visionaries contest $1000 grant to set up a reading room and resource library on youth and…

Mustafa Barood Haroon

If I win the Young Visionaries contest I will organize symposium targeting young people that will address the issue of sexual violence in countries where there is conflict, particularly Darfur. Sexual violence takes place as women flee their homes and villages, within internally displaced person (IDP) camps, and within the home. Women have been…

Meitar Moscovitz and Emma Gross

  • February 19, 2010

With the $1000 grant from the IWHC Young Visionaries contest we will fund a sexual health education and empowerment video campaign that highlights the reality that we learn about sex from disparate sources in many locations. The heart of this campaign, which we call SexEdEverywhere (“SEE”), will begin…

Ador Leanda Hurtado

Although passion fuels change, I believe we must also realize that in today’s world, almost everything comes with a price tag. It may be materialistic to say, but what the mind and heart wants to achieve, cannot if the body is not willing. My vision for young people to move toward their rights…

Video and Highlights from IWHC's 9th Annual Gala

“The experiences I have had, and the people I have met during my four years with IWHC reassure me that I will never be alone, and that I will always have a voice. Now my voice is strengthened by the voices of my colleagues throughout the world, from Brazil to Nigeria to…