For 10 years, the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) has worked to secure abortion as a human right for women and girls throughout the region. Through its Youth Champions and Country Advocacy Networks, ASAP has developed an international and intergenerational feminist force that fights for women’s fundamental rights to autonomy and dignity.
Seventy-three years ago, delegates from around the world gathered in San Francisco to sign the UN Charter. Today, the UN remains the centerpiece of the international system, and a key site for advancing women’s rights.
On October 17 Colombia’s Constitutional Court reaffirmed women’s right to abortion, rejecting a proposed 24 week limit. IWHC had previously submitted an amicus brief to the court, providing global evidence that further restrictions would present grave consequences for women’s health and lives.
As the world celebrates International Day of the Girl Child, IWHC stresses the importance of empowering girls through comprehensive sexuality education, linked with access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.
Always Another Country is more than a memoir, it is a tool for social change. Sisonke Msimang’s writing provides a blueprint for how to interrogate the structures that impact women in their many identities and lived realities, and serves as a call to action for feminists around the world to demand that their voices are heard.
IWHC senior program officer, Nina Besser Doorley recently joined the RePROS Fight Back podcast to answer pressing questions about what defines these rights, how they are restricted, and what we can do to protect and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.
To mark International Safe Abortion Day (September 28), IWHC joins a global network of activists in demanding that abortion be legal, accessible, and safe. Abortion is a normal and vital component of sexual and reproductive health. Yet, it is consistently stigmatized through culture and myths, restricted through regressive legislation and economic barriers, and politicized by conservative policymakers and activists that seek to control women’s bodies.
Throughout his tenure as the UN's top human rights official, High Commissioner Zeid has never wavered in his commitment to women’s autonomy and gender equality. From El Salvador to Saudi Arabia, he has argued for the rights of women and girls while celebrating the resiliency and achievements of women advocates.
Women for a Change Cameroon (Wfac) is a volunteer-run, feminist organization advancing the rights of girls by addressing gender-based violence, furthering comprehensive sexuality education, conducting advocacy, and providing leadership training. IWHC is proud to welcome Wfac into its grantee network and support its vital work.
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.