May 28 is International Day of Action for Women's Health

Tomorrow is International Day of Action for Women’s Health, and we’re making it easier than ever for you to take action. Here are three simple things you can do to help ensure a just and healthy life for women everywhere: Talk to your friends and colleagues about the importance of accessible, affordable health services…

Maternal Health: The Solution is Comprehensive Care

As part of their new Dying for Life feature, the Pulitzer Gateway (a project of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting) interviewed our policy consultant, Jen Redner, about maternal health. In just over three minutes, Jen digs into the inequities that are the basis of the…

Update: Take Action Against Racism and Sexism in Peru

Recently, we blogged on the Campaign Against Racism and Sexism that our partner LUNDU has initiated in Peru and on the threats of violence LUNDU received after protesting the racist TV characters “El Negro Mama” and “La Paisana Jacinta.”  You can read more about this situation here from MADRE…

IWHC Partner LUNDU Receives Threats of Violence After Protesting Racist TV Show

A few months ago, we spoke about the Public Awareness Campaign Against Racism and Sexism that our partner Lundu has been carrying out in Peru. This campaign challenged the racism ingrained in Peruvian society, where African descendents are a highly discriminated against minority, marginalized on many…

In The Interest of "Equality," Malawian Woman's Identity Is Erased

With the ongoing interest in Uganda’s state-sponsored homophobia and a bill in the country that would make homosexual acts punishable by death, there’s been more press than usual about sexuality throughout the African continent. Uganda has been getting most of the ink, but the fact remains that 37 countries in Africa have a variety of…

Iranian Women’s Rights in the International Spotlight

It’s been almost a year since the women and men of Iran made headlines by protesting in the streets of Tehran following the much-disputed presidential election. Unfortunately, the death of 26-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan was just the…

Announcing Two Upcoming Opportunities for Advocates in the U.S. and Beyond

I’m pleased to remind you of two upcoming opportunities for those interested in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and health: Last week, we informed you of an upcoming advocacy training hosted by The International Women’s Health Coalition, in collaboration with the Sierra Club. Environmentalists and reproductive health advocates will gather to learn…

Is An HIV Vaccine Within Reach?

Countless HIV prevention methods are being researched around the world, but most of them fall under four categories: male circumcision, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis, or vaccines. Today, May 18th, is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, but how close are we truly to an effective shot? Vaccine research and testing is a very slow, complicated process that requires…

Spring into Action – Throw an IWHC House Party!

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and winter jackets are finally packed away. Celebrate the season–and every woman’s right to a just and healthy life–by hosting an International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) party at home or on campus. Although IWHC is headquartered in New York, we have colleagues and supporters all…

Latest Addition to the UN Women Commission Draws Anger from Advocates

Recently, Iran secured a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal political global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to monitoring government’s progress on gender equality and the advancement of women’s rights. Women’s health advocates have expressed outrage and opposition to this recent development, many of them citing the nation as…