Today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new expansion to the Global Gag Rule and invoked the Siljander amendment, placing additional restrictions on funding to multilateral institutions. IWHC unequivocally condemns the administration’s latest attempts to isolate, stigmatize, and marginalize groups working to ensure that women have access to abortion services.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)—the largest annual gathering on women’s rights—ended yesterday with Agreed Conclusions that reaffirm states’ commitment to women’s human rights. IWHC welcomes the outcome as a significant achievement for women and girls worldwide.
IWHC will honor philanthropist and outgoing board chair Marlene Hess and Argentine activist Marta Alanis for their tireless commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights at its annual gala on April 10, 2019.
IWHC condemns the absence of reproductive rights in the State Department’s annual Human Rights Reports, released today. The continued omission confirms that the Trump administration does not value women’s rights or health, and undermines US leadership on human rights.
As the world celebrated International Women’s Day, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Kelley Currie to ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. IWHC has serious concerns about the selection of Currie, a political appointee with no history of leadership on women’s rights or gender, by an administration that is in no position to lead on these issues.
IWHC applauds the introduction of the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act to US Congress. The bill would force the Trump administration to reinstate reporting on reproductive rights in the annual US State Department Human Rights Reports, which serve as a valuable tool for diplomats and advocates to hold governments accountable.
IWHC condemns the new restrictions on Title X family planning programs, announced today by the Trump administration. The new policy, which amounts to a Domestic Gag Rule, prohibits federal funding to Title X providers that offer abortion services or referrals.
IWHC welcomes the reintroduction of the Global HER Act in the US Congress, and urges representatives and senators to protect women's rights and health by passing the bill.
IWHC welcomes the Kenyan government’s decision to lift the ban on abortions in Marie Stopes International clinics, and applauds the successful advocacy efforts of our grantee partner Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH).
The nomination of William P. Barr for US Attorney General continues the Trump-Pence administration’s trend of nominating ideologues to critical posts responsible for protecting the rule of law and civil rights. “Barr’s history of hostility toward women, immigrants, and people living with HIV and AIDS make him an unfit candidate for US Attorney General," said IWHC Director of Advocacy and Policy Shannon Kowalski.