IWHC works in two very different but critically linked worlds — international policy and local capacity — to change thinking, redirect funding, and motivate action by people and institutions that can secure rights and health for women.
We have worked in alliance with advocates and policymakers to influence the outcome of many major UN deliberations, including the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Commission on Population and Development (CPD), Fourth World Conference on Women, and intergovernmental negotiations related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals truly meet the needs and consider the rights of women and girls.
The commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights made in the Sustainable Development Goals reflect much of what is needed to ensure that all women and girls can lead full and healthy lives.
Women’s full and effective participation in political, economic, and public life is essential to achieving gender equality; the 2030 Agenda holds great promise to achieve this goal.
The 2030 Agenda has committed to ending harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation. Governments must now examine the causes and consequences of these practices in order to face them head-on and eliminate them.
The U.S. has committed to achieve the 2030 Agenda domestically, but it also has an important role to play as a global leader in ensuring that this ambitious agenda stays true to its commitment to women and girls worldwide.
Comprehensive sexuality education has demonstrated that when young people are educated about human rights, gender equality, and the role of power in relationships, they are better-equipped to make a safe, healthy transition to adulthood.
With the deadline to achieve an agreement just days away, governments must continue to fight for a strong focus on women and girls.
The Action Agenda fails to address profound inequalities in economic policies and institutions that undermine human rights and gender equality.
Next week, governments, NGOs, and business leaders will meet to hammer out funding for the Sustainable Development Goals, the strongest global consensus on recognizing women’s rights and addressing the causes of gender inequality and poverty.
The Women’s Major Group, representing more than 600 women’s groups from over 100 countries, is calling on governments to commit to a transformative agenda to ensure just, sustainable, and rights-based development.