Impact of the 55th Commission on the Status of Women

Every year United Nations country delegations, mission representatives, and representatives from non-governmental organizations come to New York for the two-week long Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting at the United Nations. This year’s 55th CSW produced setbacks in already agreed upon language from the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) established in 1995…

Conservatives Target Women and Girls at UN’s 55th Commission on the Status of Women

As some of you may know, governments gather at the United Nations in March for the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). For two weeks, delegates meet to evaluate global progress on achieving the goals of the Beijing Platform for Action on gender equality, identify challenges, and formulate strategies to promote the…

Support Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Fend Off Abstinence-Only Programs

Once again stepping forward to try and fully remove ideology from sexuality education programs, Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative Barbara Lee have reintroduced their bill, the Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act. The bill would…

IWHC at the 2011 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference

This weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2011 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, hosted by the Feminist Majority Foundation at George Washington University. It was wonderful to share the podium with six other amazing global leaders, including Anushay Hossain of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Mimi Melles of Advocates for Youth, Mina Ayob,…

Video: Michelle Goldberg on the Global Battle Over Reproductive Health

Michelle Goldberg discusses her book, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World.

Women’s Rights March in Egypt Becomes Target of Heckling, Violence

Numerous news outlets today have covered the infuriating story that a march for women’s rights in Egypt became a site of confrontation, heckling, and even abuse. As reported by the Associated Press: “A protest by hundreds of Egyptian women demanding equal rights and an end to sexual…

A Tribute to Women's Leadership

What you’re doing at IWHC is creating a climate in which it is not tolerable to accept gender inequality as a matter of course. You make our lives better. You make us more effective. –Dr. Paul Farmer, Founder, Partners in Health Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Here at IWHC, we pay…

Like-Minded Advocates for Gender Equality

The following has been cross-posted from WO=MEN in New York, a diary written by youth advocates attending the 55th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). To read more about the CSW, click here. Like-Minded Advocates for Gender Equality At the moment,…

Akimbo at the UN, and Impressions from the First-Ever IWHC Staff Advocacy in Practice Training

Here at IWHC, we talk a lot about the importance of teaching others how to advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and health. But as important as it is to teach others this valuable skill, it’s just as important for us to make sure that every single person in our own organization is…

Akimbo is 2 Years Old Today!

We’re very excited to be celebrating the second birthday of our blog Akimbo today! We’re so grateful for all the IWHC staff, partners, and colleagues that have contributed to the blog over the past two years – and we’re grateful, too, for our many readers. We’ve been reflecting lately about ways to improve Akimbo…