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.

Feminists Defend Abortion Access Amid Pandemic

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

Argentine President Snubs Women’s Rights on His Way Out the Door

As feminists in Argentina and worldwide celebrated the election of Alberto Fernandez, the Macri administration opted to use its final weeks in office to jeopardize women’s health in an attempt to score meaningless political points.

Reflections On 35 Years of Fierce Feminism

Since 1984, IWHC’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights has ignited unprecedented progress for women and girls around the world. IWHC has been at the forefront of key milestones for the global feminist movement, and has advocated fearlessly to expand reproductive autonomy worldwide.

UN Day 2019: Building Momentum for Gender Equality

The United Nations is as a key protector and promoter of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. As we commemorate UN Day, IWHC looks back on year of advancements for women's rights.

Ultraconservative Marketing Ploy Attempts to Derail Gender Equality

In essence, “gender ideology” is nothing more than a right-wing marketing ploy—a dangerous conspiracy theory based on fear, not fact, that justifies discrimination against women and gender diverse people.

Blueprint Provides Roadmap to Achieve Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is proud to be a member of the Blueprint coalition and joins in the critical call on policymakers to fulfill the sexual and reproductive health needs of all people.

Care Denied; Human Rights Committee Reviews US; and New Leadership at the UN

Administration Promotes Refusals of Care In early May, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a new rule—Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care—expanding protections for health providers that deny care based on personal or religious beliefs—so-called “conscientious objection.” The new rule applies to all health care facilities…

Trump Administration Expands Assault on Global Abortion Access

The Trump administration's latest attack on global abortion access includes the unprecedented use of the Siljander Amendment, which sets a dangerous precedent by attempting to force global human rights bodies to bow to US political pressure.

Our Most Read Stories of 2018: Wins at the UN, Argentina’s Green Wave, and Rural Women’s Health

As 2018 comes to a close, IWHC looks back on our readers' favorite blogs of the year. From major advocacy victories at the UN, to the rise of Argentina's feminist "green wave," to renewed commitments to women and girls in rural areas, here are the stories that rose to the top in a year of wins for women's rights.

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UN Commission on the Status of Women Closes with Renewed Commitment to Gender Equality

  • March 26, 2021

The 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the foremost intergovernmental body dedicated to gender equality, came to a close today, Friday, 26 March 2021, after negotiations on the text of the agreed conclusions stretched into the final day of the conference.  “Feminist movements…

New Opportunity to Repeal Helms Amendment, Advance Abortion Access

  • March 9, 2021

The reintroduction of the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act offers a chance to finally remove a racist relic of US foreign policy and restore US leadership on reproductive health and rights. 

Achieving Climate Justice through Gender Justice

The Biden administration should draw on the intersectional analysis in the globally-sourced Feminist Green New Deal principles to work across issues such as bodily autonomy, ecological sustainability, the care economy, and just financial flows in addressing climate change.

IWHC Celebrates End of Global Gag Rule, Calls for Further Action

  • January 28, 2021

IWHC welcomes President Biden's rescinding of the Global Gag Rule as a critical first step in securing bodily autonomy worldwide.

Beyond Roe: Why the Biden Administration Should Decriminalize Self-Managed Abortion

Codifying Roe v. Wade is the floor for abortion access. To advance gender justice and support reproductive rights, the incoming Biden administration must decriminalize self-managed abortion.