MDG Film Fest: Maternal Health – 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days

Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health Of the eight Millennium Development Goals, many experts agree that progress on MDG5—reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent—is perhaps the most dismal.  While UN agencies last week announced a 34% decline in deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, more than 350,000 women still die senselessly due to…

MDG Film Fest: Poverty – Sin Nombre

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger In Saturday’s New York Times, Neil MacFarquhar wrote about the difficulty in measuring global progress on the Millennium Development Goals. As MacFarquhar rightly points out, while there’s no question about our collective commitment to eradicating hunger and poverty (which, MacFarquhar writes would be…

Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of the Philippine Criminal Abortion Ban

The Philippines is one of the few countries in the world to criminalize abortion in all circumstances with no clear exceptions. The Center for Reproductive Rights has been working closely with local partners in the Philippines and internationally to change this reality. The Center recently launched Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of…

Prevent Child Marriage: Help Give Millions of Girls a Choice and a Chance

As many Akimbo followers know, IWHC has been working in close collaboration with colleagues in Washington to advocate for the passage of the Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act (S.987/H.R. 2103). During a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing last week on the causes and consequences of child marriage,…

Unanimous Vote Creates United Nations Entity for Women

 Last week, the United Nations voted unanimously to create a new office on women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), which will begin official operations in January 2011. The move was lauded by the Gender Equality Reform Campaign (GEAR), a network of more than 300 women’s rights and…

CLADEM, Center for Reproductive Rights Awarded Prestigious Gruber Prize

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation today announced that it will award the 2010 Women’s Rights Prize to two organizations that have significantly contributed to advancing sexual and reproductive rights and health. IWHC partner CLADEM (Comité de América Latina y El Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer) and the…

Changing Media, Changing Consciousness

This week, the Women’s Media Center won first place in YouTube’s Video Volunteers contest for an awesome piece on the representation of women in the media.  IWHC has been a part of Women Media Center’s She Source network for years, which provides journalists with a database of sources on particular women’s issues, and has…

Action Alert: Thank Speaker Pelosi for Her Leadership on Healthcare Reform

Three years ago, Nancy Pelosi made history when she was elected the first female speaker of the House.   On Sunday night, the highest-ranking woman in Congress made history again by helping to negotiate the passage of health care overhaul legislation. While abortion remained a contentious—and compromised—health care issue throughout the debate, this vote was a…

Call for Applications: the 2010 Young Champions of Maternal Health

Maternal death and injuries affect women, families and entire communities.  Yet over 500,000 women die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth each year, and millions more suffer from preventable injuries. Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force are partnering to create an innovative new program that will transform the field of maternal health globally.

Live from New York, It's Advocacy in Practice!

In 2007, IWHC launched Advocacy in Practice, or AiP, to help build the capacity and leadership skills of young leaders.  Twelve young people from ten countries met last week in preparation for the 54th Commission on the Status of Women, which will evaluate implementation of the  milestone Beijing Platform for Action. The Aipers discussed…