UN Launches Updated Guidance on Sexuality Education

At a time when extremists in many parts of the world seek to deny young people access to life-saving information and services, the new UN guidelines on sexuality education offer a framework for creating comprehensive, effective, and integrated programs for adolescents.

UN Women Report on Gender Equality and the SDGs Reveals Troubling Reality

This long-awaited report exposes the major gaps in current data about what works for women and girls, particularly those who are most marginalized. Here are four critical actions that governments, NGOs, and researchers must take to achieve gender equality in the 2030 Agenda.

Trump’s War on Women, to be Continued in 2018

From day one, Trump has used the full power of the executive branch to target sexual and reproductive health and rights. There is every indication that 2018 will bring a continued conservative offensive from an administration determined to pursue policy driven by ideology rather than by evidence.

Keeping UNICEF’s Promise to Girls: 5 Key Actions for New UNICEF Director

In this challenging environment, strong leadership of the UN organization charged with promoting the human rights and well-being of every child is particularly vital. As Henrietta H. Fore steps into her new role, IWHC offers five priorities for her first term.

Alex Azar, a Toxic Choice to Lead US Health Agency

The selection of Alex Azar to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) represents yet another instance of the Trump Administration elevating an anti-choice man to a position of power over women’s health and bodies.

At the UN, Progress Amid Peril for Women and Girls

This year, the aggressive posture of the US undermined negotiations at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly raising serious doubts about the ongoing health of multilateralism at the UN. Not surprisingly, these new developments were especially evident in negotiations on women’s rights, and especially their sexual and reproductive rights.

Trump Administration Rhetoric Pursues the Denial of Reality

After a year in which White House officials have continually jettisoned facts and evidence in favor of conservative, religious ideology, a reported ban on the use of words like “transgender” and “fetus” in CDC budget documents should come as no surprise.

Our Most Read Stories of 2017: Abortion, Global Policy, and Texts About Sex

From the state of abortion rights to the Global Gag Rule, IWHC looks back on the blogs that rose to the top in a year of perilous policies countered by a tenacious women's movement.

2017: A Year of Hard-Fought Wins for Women

Even in the face of increasing attacks on their health and rights, women all over the world are standing up, speaking out, and fighting for their rights. As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect on some of this year's most consequential wins for women and girls.

US Health Services Nominee Alex Azar’s Reproductive Health Dilemma

A draft strategic plan for the Department of Health and Human Services represents yet another egregious effort under this Administration to roll back women’s and girls’ human rights. Tom Price's successor now has the opportunity to abandon this strategic plan, and pursue programs based on what is known to work and improve the lives of women.