Joint Statement: A Call for Strong, Deliberate Action for Adolescent Girls in the Post-2015 Agenda

  • September 29, 2014

In this statement, a coalition of civil society organizations call on the 69th UN General Assembly to prioritize the health and rights of adolescent girls in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Keynote Address at IWHC’S 2014 Gala

  • September 17, 2014

During his keynote speech, the Secretary-General said, “I am more convinced than ever that women’s health, especially sexual and reproductive health, is fundamental to their empowerment and gender equality. And when we empower women and foster equality, they can claim their right to health.”

UN Panel Offers Stepping Stones Toward Ending Child Marriage

On September 5, the UN General Assembly hosted its first-ever panel discussion focused on ending child, early, and forced marriage.

Our History at the UN

  • September 3, 2014

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, a number of international conferences held under the auspices of the United Nations drew attention to the needs of women and adolescents, with a particular focus on their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Recognizing the growing strength and capacity of the international women’s movement, IWHC played a leadership…

The Summer of the Summit: Now What for Early, Child and Forced Marriage?

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.

Advocacy Training Empowers Young Activists to Influence the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Eighteen activists from India, Armenia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Liberia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Mexico, Philippines, Tunisia, Uganda, the UK, France, and Poland, gathered for a two-day Advocacy in Practice workshop in the lead-up to the 58th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN.

Photos: Advocacy Training Empowers Young Activists to Influence the UN Commission on the Status of Women

  • April 18, 2014

Just before the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 58), 18 young activists from across the world gathered at IWHC for a two-day Advocacy in Practice (AiP) training: an intense, multiday event that supports participants to develop the leadership skills needed to effectively advocate for sexual and reproductive…

Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies

  • April 12, 2014

The Commission on Population and Development called on governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development.

At UN, Governments Agree Equality and Health for Women Means Progress for All

After an exhausting, but exhilarating two weeks at the United Nations, the Commission on the Status of Women closed with a strong commitment from governments to promote the health and human rights of women and girls.

Women’s Rights Activists Call for Strong Leadership at UN Commission on Status of Women

  • March 6, 2014

In advance of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, more than 300 feminist organizations have issued a hard-hitting declaration calling on governments to prioritize gender equality as a goal for achieving sustainable development.