United Nations Human Rights Committee Defends Women and Girls’ Right to Life

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.

A Landmark Year for Women and Girls at the UN

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.

In Gratitude for UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

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.

Bold Action, Moral Clarity: Four Priorities for the New High Commissioner for Human Rights

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.

Integrating Menstrual Hygiene Management to Achieve the SDGs

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.

The 2018 Commission on Population and Development and Prospects for the Future

After three failures in four years, governments now face a choice: seriously invest the political capital needed to make the CPD a success, or ensure other venues and forums take up and integrate review of the ICPD Agenda into their work.

Going Rural: The Case for Access to Reproductive Health Care

In the run-up to this year's Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC looks at the unique challenges facing women and girls in rural areas, who are often unable to access quality sexual and reproductive health care services.

UN Women Report on Gender Equality and the SDGs Reveals Troubling Reality

This long-awaited report exposes the major gaps in current data about what works for women and girls, particularly those who are most marginalized. Here are four critical actions that governments, NGOs, and researchers must take to achieve gender equality in the 2030 Agenda.

Keeping UNICEF’s Promise to Girls: 5 Key Actions for New UNICEF Director

In this challenging environment, strong leadership of the UN organization charged with promoting the human rights and well-being of every child is particularly vital. As Henrietta H. Fore steps into her new role, IWHC offers five priorities for her first term.

At the UN, Progress Amid Peril for Women and Girls

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.