What Does Population Growth Have to Do with Youth Health and Rights?

As we get closer to the birth of the world’s 7 billionth person, there are a lot of conversations brewing about what the impact of population growth might be. Last week the New York Times published an article about the need…

RESURJ: Making a Feminist Statement at the United Nations

This week at the Commission on Population and Development at the United Nations, our colleagues in the newly formed feminist alliance RESURJ, which IWHC is funding, have been very active in shaking things up. Last night they got to make the following statement – in video and transcription below.

Interview with Pinar Ilkkaracan

Pinar Ilkkaracan is a founder of our partners International Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) andWomen for Women’s Human…

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.

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…

What Do International Agreements Do?

The 55th annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women ran all last week and through the end of this week  in New York. At IWHC, we participate in a variety of UN meetings throughout the year. This week,…

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…

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…

National Day of Transgender Visibility in Brazil

Tomorrow in Brazil, groups that advocate for the rights of transgender women and men will gather for 41 actions in 22 states during the National Day of Transgender Visibility. I’m glad to see rights groups in Brazil drawing attention to this issue, especially since Brazil has the…

Ugandan Gay Activist Beaten to Death in His Home

Since 2009, the issue of gay rights in Uganda has been in the spotlight, with the international human rights community standing in solidarity with gays and lesbians in Uganda who face legal discrimination and a proposed death sentence for homosexuality. Last fall, the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone published photos and names of gay activists…