YP Foundation Founder to Join Paul Farmer, George Soros, at IWHC Gala

Our annual gala is less than a week away! In addition to honoring Partners in Health founder Paul Farmer, we will also be joined by Ishita Chaudhry, the founder of the YP Foundation in India. If you can’t make the gala, you can still learn more about the YP Foundation and the great work…

IWHC Congratulates Two Colleagues as They Join the Brazilian Government

Two colleagues of IWHC have recently been appointed to important positions within the new Brazilian government, and we couldn’t be more happy for them! Luiza Helena de Bairros, a board member of IWHC partner ELAS Fundo de Investimento Social has been appointed Minister for Racial Equality in Brazil’s new Government.

USAID to Congress: Foreign Aid is “A Matter of National Security”

Here at the International Women’s Health Coalition, we’ve long known that investing in women and girls results in stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities. But it was still nice to hear this message delivered to the United States Congress by Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In…

Action Alert: Supporting the Congressional Champions Who Stood Strong Against Child Marriage

Because of you and Congressional champions, The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act was almost signed into law this year. After achieving unanimous support for the legislation in the Senate, the bill moved to the House for passage – but failed to receive the super-majority (2/3 of the members) needed for…

Emergency Contraception Becomes Available Over-the-Counter in Ireland

This week, emergency contraception (EC) became available without a prescription for the first time in Ireland, as reported by the Irish Examiner. Before this week, those who sought EC needed a doctor’s prescription. The development has been welcomed by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA), which has been calling for the increased availability…

Study Finds That Nearly Every Woman Living with HIV and AIDs in Brazil has Suffered Violence

A new report issued by the non-governmental organization Gestos highlights the disturbing link between HIV/AIDS and violence against women; according to the study, 97.5% of Brazilian women with HIV have suffered some type of violence throughout their lives, with 79.2% of cases occurring before the diagnosis of HIV. The report examines the problem of violence…

Keeping The Humanity in Development

I was grateful for the interesting perspective presented by Zimbabwean poet and graduate student Fungai Machirori in a comment this week for Pambazuka News about the complicated nature of global development. Machirori calls for a more nuanced take on development, and points out the need for participation of local women in all areas of…

IWHC Honoree Takes on Child Marriage in The Washington Post

I was so pleased to see this op-ed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson in Sunday’s Washington Post. In “Ending child marriage helps communities across the developing world,” these two esteemed members of the Elders underline the importance of ending the harmful and dangerous practice through sustained investment…

U.S. Senate Passes Legislation to Prevent Child Marriage

This morning, the United States Senate stood strong for women and girls and passed The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act, which seeks to increase the effectiveness of current U.S. development investments by eliminating the harmful practice of child marriage.   The bill, introduced by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and…

This World AIDS Day, Putting the Power of Prevention in Women’s Hands

2010 has been a special year for women. Brazil saw the election of its first-ever female president. Estimates of maternal deaths declined across the globe. Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was chosen to head a new United Nations agency on women, which will begin its operations in January 2011. And, excitingly, emerging…