Historic Decision at the United Nations: Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

IWHC lauds the recent decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We are re-posting the press release below in solidarity with the human rights groups that drafted it, which are named at the end of the document.

Speech Given at this Week's High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

The following speech was delivered by Alessandra Nilo, Coordinator at GESTOS – Brazil, at this week’s UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. In order to prioritize the collection of data, the first step is having governments commit to guarantee all human rights, including the sexual and the reproductive rights of women. Unfortunately we continue…

International Alliance of Activists Launches Ten-Point Action Agenda For Sexual and Reproductive Justice

This week’s UN Commission on Population and Development is discussing reproductive health, fertility and development. In line with these discussions, I would like to bring to your attention a new and exciting initiative: RESURJ! The Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ) alliance is an international alliance of feminist activists seeking full implementation of international…

Today's the Day to Counter Attacks on Women's Health and Rights

“In order to promote women’s reproductive health, it is important that the Global Gag Rule and similar legislation is challenged and abrogated. Local organizations need moral and material support rather than hurdles.”  -Fauzia Viqar, Shirkat Gah-Women’s Resource Centre, Pakistan As budget talks intensify in Congress, women’s health and rights remain at stake: today, thousands are…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…