Commission Uses Religious Freedom to Justify Discrimination

The Commission on Unalienable Rights is a thinly veiled attempt to redefine human rights, prioritize religious freedom at the expense of other fundamental rights, and rollback decades of progress for women, LGBTQI people, and members of marginalized communities.

Statement from the Board

Statement available in Arabic, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. In the last few days, a number of former and current staff have come forward to share how they experienced derogatory comments, oppression, or disrespect in our workplace. The…

Black Lives Matter

IWHC stands in solidarity with activists fighting for racial justice. We commit to supporting and uplifting Black activists, and join our staff and partners in saying, unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.

Feminists Defend Abortion Access Amid Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened abortion access, feminists worldwide have organized in defense.

Sexual and Reproductive Health During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing gender inequalities and further reduced access to critical health services. As the virus continues to spread, we detail its impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Beijing+25: Latin American Feminists Secure Gains, Demand Progress

Latin American and Caribbean feminists and Member States, met in Santiago, Chile for the XIV Regional Conference on Women in January. The meeting was held months after its initial postponement due to demonstrations and protests in Chile, led by feminists and other activists in response to the country’s growing social and economic inequalities. 

Beijing+25: US Objections Can’t Stifle Progress in Asia-Pacific

The room was filled with anticipation as governments and women’s rights organizations gathered in the plenary hall at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to adopt the Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review.

Beijing+25: Young Feminists Set Agenda at Africa Regional Meeting

This blog is the second in our series on the Beijing+25 process, providing analysis on the first regional meeting that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 2019. Over the next few weeks, IWHC will continue the Beijing+25 series. Follow along, here. For young feminists navigating the United Nations, intergovernmental meetings…

Beijing+25: Building A Feminist Future at the United Nations

2020 could be a watershed moment for women’s rights and the global feminist movement as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—the groundbreaking document that committed governments worldwide to achieve gender equality. To celebrate the progress made and recommit to addressing the remaining gaps, the UN has launched Beijing+25—a drive for new commitments to gender equality—to finally make the vision of Beijing a reality.

The Ultimate Pairing

IWHC's data party in Accra, Ghana served as the backdrop for an engaging three-day dialogue about how the Global Gag Rule continues to wreak havoc on the lives of women and girls around the world.

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Commission Uses Religious Freedom to Justify Discrimination

The Commission on Unalienable Rights is a thinly veiled attempt to redefine human rights, prioritize religious freedom at the expense of other fundamental rights, and rollback decades of progress for women, LGBTQI people, and members of marginalized communities.

Commission on Unalienable Rights Is an Assault on Human Rights, IWHC Says

  • August 27, 2020

Full coverage of the Commission on Unalienable Rights available here. Today, the Commission on Unalienable Rights—an advisory body created by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—released its final report, which reconsiders the role of human rights in US foreign policy. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)…

An Update from IWHC’s Board of Directors

  • August 19, 2020

On July 6, IWHC was informed of complaints from former and current employees about racism, bullying, intimidation, and a toxic work environment directed at Black women and women of color in our workplace. Since then, the Board has undertaken a number of actions. The following note serves as an update on the processes that are…

Board Statement on Institutional Racism at IWHC

  • July 27, 2020

In the last few weeks, former and current IWHC staff have come forward to share their experiences. They have spoken of racism, bullying, intimidation, and a toxic work environment. We, the IWHC Board, are shaken and deeply saddened by what we have learned. As leaders of this organization, we are committed to taking…

Statement from IWHC Board

  • July 9, 2020

In the last few days, a number of former and current staff have come forward to share how they experienced derogatory comments, oppression, or disrespect in our workplace. The board takes discrimination, racism, and bullying seriously, and apologizes to anyone impacted by such behavior. One of our core values as an organization is advancing diversity,…