The United States is a powerhouse in both the global arena and the countries in which it invests. The International Women’s Health Coalition works to ensure that U.S. policies and funding promote and advance the rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls. We bring the experiences of our local partners from around the world to the Administration and Congress.
Currently, we are working with the State Department to develop a blueprint for U.S. government support to end child marriage, as mandated by the Violence Against Women Act reauthorized in 2013. We are also working with Congress and the Administration to ensure greater financial and technical support to programs aimed at preventing HIV infections among adolescent girls.
Next week, the House of Representatives will hold one of its first major votes of the year to launch a direct attack on the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling
Despite its significant flaws in some areas, the passage of the Cromnibus puts reproductive health in a fairly strong position going forward.
The U.S. Helms amendment stands between women raped in war zones and the health care they need.
Gender-based violence affects us all, but women in conflict zones face a particular threat.
We won’t have a full picture of what yesterday’s election means until the new term starts, but we do know it presents a more difficult landscape for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
President Obama can save women’s lives by interpreting the Helms Amendment so it does not apply to abortions provided in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.
After the Girl Summit in London and the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C, this may be the year that changes the course for efforts to end child marriage.
As African leaders gathered this week in Washington, D.C., for the White House’s first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, IWHC and the Girls Not Brides USA coalition held a panel discussion on the widespread problem of child marriage and called on governments to work together to end the practice.
On July 22, IWHC staff will join activists, community leaders, civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, and international organizations in London for Girl Summit 2014 to discuss how to end two of the most pressing human rights violations of our time: child, early, and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Congress took a major step toward fairness when the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The legislation—if implemented—would lift the decades-old ban on abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.