Criminalization: A Poor Substitution for Prevention

In 2004, parliamentarians from 12 countries in West and Central Africa created legislation that criminalized HIV transmission in an attempt to reduce HIV infection rates.  Since that time, such legislation has been adopted as national law in 15 African countries, and 34 states in the U.S. have prosecuted  HIV positive individuals for not disclosing their…

Three Action Steps to Counteract the GOP Attack on Women's Health

  • February 23, 2011

Yesterday, we detailed the programs and organizations that stand to be negatively affected by the latest GOP Assault on women’s health. As Ellen Marshall wrote yesterday, despite the efforts of you and thousands of others, the GOP majority in Congress finalized action early…

The GOP Endangers Women's And Girls' Health and Rights

The GOP majority in the U.S. House of Representatives finalized action early Saturday morning on its bill to fund government programs through the rest of the fiscal year (ending September 30, 2011) – many of the cuts will have severe and negative effects on women’s health…

Ishita Chaudhry: "I want to live in a world where human rights are upheld"

Last week, as we’ve blogged previously, IWHC held its annual gala event, which honored Dr. Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners in Health. We also featured Ishita Chaudhry, the founder of IWHC partner organization the YP Foundation. Ishita was both riveting and inspiring, and we’re all…

Take Action TODAY Against the GOP Assault on Women's Health

  • February 16, 2011

The GOP majority in Congress has launched an assault on women’s health and rights. Their latest budget proposal would make unprecedented funding cuts to some of the most important women’s health programs and services. IWHC is deeply concerned about the potential negative effects on women’s health programming both here in the U.S. and abroad. Included among…

From Action to Movement: Creating Change in Policy and Individual Lives

“Learn I wasn’t crazy.” This was the response from writer and activist Gloria Steinem when asked about the best thing she had gotten from the women’s movement.  When I looked around the room at the panel attendees who had traveled from throughout the United States for Teach…

IWHC's 2011 Gala: Strong Women, Healthy Communities

“Women need to stand up for other women… This is the way it should be. Until every woman and every young person can stand up for themselves and lead just and healthy lives, our work is not done and we cannot go back to the comfort of our silence.” -Ishita Chaudhry, founder of…

Sex, Culture, and Human Rights: An African Leader Breaks the Silence

  • February 9, 2011

A year ago, gender activist and IWHC Board member Josina Machel this brilliant speech a at the 4th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Today’s youth is the largest generation of youth ever: 1.2 billion people worldwide are between the ages of 10 to 19. And another 1.2 billion are…

YP Foundation Founder to Join Paul Farmer, George Soros, at IWHC Gala

Our annual gala is less than a week away! In addition to honoring Partners in Health founder Paul Farmer, we will also be joined by Ishita Chaudhry, the founder of the YP Foundation in India. If you can’t make the gala, you can still learn more about…

Improving the Impact of Foreign Assistance of the Health and Rights of Women and Girls

Reforming foreign assistance to make aid more effective without being more costly is a key way that the United States can make its foreign policy better.  IWHC stands firm in the belief that smart and effective investment of U.S. resources is essential to alleviating poverty, promoting security and building more stable nations – central tenets…