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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Argentinean feminists remain at the forefront of the Latin American movement to end gender-based violence. In mid-October, more than 70,000 activists and advocates gathered to discuss a range of women’s issues at the Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres.
One year after the election, it has become clear that the new presidential Administration staunchly pursues one priority: removing policies that protect the rights of women and girls while ensuring that right-wing ideologues with extreme, retrograde views are positioned to decide on women’s bodies and lives.
IWHC recently launched a new research project to study the impacts of the Trump Administration's "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" policy in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Based on the early findings of this project, IWHC submitted comments to the US government and participated in a six-month review on Capitol Hill.
Former Senator Sam Brownback, a staunch opponent of women's and LGBT rights, is the latest in a string of conservative ideologues nominated to senior posts by the Trump Administration. His failure to defend the notion of respect for health as a human right and not a moral battleground should disqualify him for consideration as the head of the Office of International Religious Freedom.