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

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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. Historic Decision […]

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

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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 to […]

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

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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 commitments […]

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

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“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 […]

IWHC at the 2011 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference

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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, […]

Like-Minded Advocates for Gender Equality

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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, negotiations about the Agreed Conclusions are continuing and slowly moving towards language […]