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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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.

Argentinean Senate Votes to Legalize Abortion

  • December 30, 2020

In a watershed moment for reproductive rights, today the Argentinean Senate approved a bill to legalize abortion. IWHC celebrates the decisive vote as a monumental victory for human rights and the people of Argentina.

The Helms Amendment: 47 Years of Denying Reproductive Health and Rights

  • December 17, 2020

The incoming Biden administration offers some hope for reproductive health, rights and justice but unless the Helms Amendment is repealed, people in low-to-middle income countries will continue to be denied access to abortion services.

What’s Next for the Global Reproductive Rights Movement

The wide-ranging discussion elaborated on how IWHC policy experts, advocates, and grantee partners are prepared to go in hard and seize the moment of opportunity to push the Biden administration to prioritize the health and rights of women and girls. 

Addressing the Legacy of US-Sponsored Reproductive Coercion

The US has a long established history of reproductive coercion. President-elect Biden has the opportunity to address this harmful legacy by enacting policies that respect the right to bodily autonomy.