Bold Action, Moral Clarity: Four Priorities for the New High Commissioner for Human Rights

On September 1, Michelle Bachelet will take over one of the hardest jobs in the world—UN high commissioner for human rights. Bachelet now has the singular opportunity to take the necessary actions to ensure that human rights continue to be respected, protected, and fulfilled in their entirety.

On the Revolutionary Road to Reproductive Justice

Refusal of care is quickly becoming a battleground issue for the abortion rights movement and was a main topic of discussion at the recent Abortion and Reproductive Justice Conference in South Africa. Reclaiming the concept of conscience in reproductive health is crucial to combating this dangerous and unethical practice.

Immigration Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

Images of pregnant women shackled around their stomachs, infants ripped from their parents’ arms, and cries from children kept in cages have come to define the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The administration’s policy shows a complete disregard for human rights and shines a spotlight on immigration as a reproductive justice issue.

IWHC President Delivers Expert Testimony on Decisive Abortion Case in Brazil Court

Brazil recognizes health as a constitutional right, but the criminalization of abortion keeps this right out of reach for millions of women. A landmark case to decriminalize abortion in the first trimester, currently before Brazil’s highest court, is a crucial step towards change. IWHC president, Françoise Girard, is among the 52 international experts to testify at the Supreme Court of Brazil on August 3 and 6.

Promsex’s Victories Drive Gender Equality in Peru

As an ardent defender of abortion rights in Peru, IWHC's grantee partner Promsex is a frequent target of right-wing conservatives. Yet a recent court ruling against a Catholic news agency that deliberately spread misinformation about Promsex is a victory for Peru's long-embattled sexual and reproductive health advocates.

Integrating Menstrual Hygiene Management to Achieve the SDGs

Despite the fact that 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, menstruation remains shrouded in silence and taboos. Women and girls need access to comprehensive, accurate information about their bodies and rights, and dedicated, integrated services in order to menstruate in dignity.

Kennedy’s Retirement Places Reproductive Rights at a Crossroads

Justice Kennedy's decision to step down offers the Trump administration yet another opportunity to deploy the US courts to attack women’s health and rights. Beyond the scope of US jurisprudence, Kennedy's replacement could have a profound impact on domestic conversations about international law and US foreign policy.

Withdrawal From Human Rights Council Furthers US Isolation

The Trump administration's decision to leave the Council is both extremely disappointing and entirely predictable, when viewed in concert with the president’s isolationist, “America First” foreign policy and disregard for human rights.

Mortensen’s Nomination Strikes Another Blow for US Reproductive Health Policy

Trump's pick to helm US State Department offices tasked with protecting refugees and victims of conflict is an anti-immigrant hardliner and ideologue. In light of the abusive US border policies enacted in recent weeks, this appointment represents yet another step away from fundamental standards of human rights.

US Global Assault on Women’s Health Goes Domestic

The Trump administration's proposed Domestic Gag Rule would prohibit organizations that receive US federal funding through Title X from providing or referring women for abortion-related services. This policy, like the Global Gag Rule, threatens the health and rights of women and girls, especially those from marginalized communities.