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.
From the state of abortion rights to the Global Gag Rule, IWHC looks back on the blogs that rose to the top in a year of perilous policies countered by a tenacious women's movement.
After intense negotiations, countries adopted a Ministerial Declaration that reaffirmed their commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and asserted that gender equality is essential to do so. However, the declaration stopped short of a robust commitment to women's human rights.
The UN High Level Political Forum will take a close look at what governments must do to meet the SDGS to achieve gender equality.