Last week the United States threatened to veto a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending sexual violence in conflict, forcing a last minute change to remove references to sexual and reproductive health services for survivors. The move represented a dangerous escalation of the Trump administration’s increasingly hardline stance at the United Nations by foisting its regressive agenda on the UN Security Council.
IWHC grantee partner FEMNET is a pan-African feminist organization and convener of CSW's African Women's Caucus. In this Q&A, FEMNET discusses its role and priorities at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
The Commission on the Status of Women is the largest annual gathering for women's rights worldwide. This year, nearly 10,000 advocates will join UN Member States in New York to assess progress, discuss challenges, and identify opportunities to advance gender equality.
Trump’s sustained anti-abortion campaign at the UN—a blatant effort to cater to the demands of an ultraconservative, one-issue voting bloc—has put global progress for women and girls at risk, and undermined America’s position as a world leader and human rights advocate.
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.
In its recent "General Comment on the Right to Life," the United Nations Human Rights Committee makes it clear that access to safe and legal abortion services is fundamental for achieving women’s human rights.
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.
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.
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.
Despite the fact that 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, menstruation remains shrouded in silence and taboos. Women and girls need access to comprehensive, accurate information about their bodies and rights, and dedicated, integrated services in order to menstruate in dignity.