The Generation Equality Forums have been postponed until the first half of 2021 due to ongoing measures to combat COVID-19, UN Women announced today. IWHC welcomes the decision as a necessary step to prioritize global health and ensure the participation of feminist activists worldwide.
Women’s Rights Caucus Issues Feminist Declaration Marking 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
IWHC joins more than 200 organizations in adopting the Feminist Declaration, that outlining the steps necessary to achieve gender equality.
New research: 2.1 Billion Girls & Women Live in Countries That Won’t Achieve Gender Equality Targets by 2030 at Current Pace
New research launched today finds that half of countries studied (67 out of 129 countries) – home to 2.1 billion girls and women – won’t achieve any of five key gender equality targets by 2030 if their current pace continues. The report, Bending the Curve Towards Gender Equality by 2030, was released by the Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) partnership and covers five key gender equality targets: access to contraception, girls’ education, political leadership, workplace equality laws, and safety. More than a third of countries have been moving slowly – or even in the wrong direction – on at least four of these five issues over the past decade or two.
UN Shortens Commission on the Status of Women in Light of Coronavirus, Expects Full CSW Later In 2020
Due to ongoing concern about Coronavirus transmission, Member States of the United Nations have agreed to hold a one-day meeting of the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Monday, March 9, to adopt key agreements, postponing the substantive segments of the meeting to a later date. IWHC supports the decision to prioritize global health and the safety of participants, and urges the leadership of the Commission to ensure that feminist organizations and activists have the opportunity to engage with governments on issues critical to advance of gender equality.
On February 5, the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs hosted “Unique Challenges Women Face in Global Health,” a hearing that detailed the devastating consequences of the Trump administration’s policies on women’s health and rights worldwide.
The Time is Now: An Urgent Call to Action on the 25th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development
Today, global feminist leaders published a Call to Action in conjuction with more than 200 organizations worldwide demanding new, urgent and bold commitments to advance sexual and reproductive rights and gender justice.
The Alliance for Gender Equality and UHC welcomes the United Nations’ political declaration on universal health coverage (UHC) as a powerful commitment to achieve health for all. The declaration is grounded in the principle of gender equality and will serve as guidance for governments to enact UHC at the national level.
IWHC welcomes Juhu Thukral as vice president of programs. Thukral deepens IWHC’s ability to advance gender justice, and will be integral in the organization’s efforts to fight for just and equitable policies for women and girls worldwide.
The US State Department today launched the Commission on Unalienable Rights, a body intended to “provide a fresh thinking on human rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation’s founding principles of natural law and natural rights.” The commission, Secretary of State Pompeo said, is meant to distinguish between unalienable rights and those…
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is pleased to announce Kathleen Regan as the organization’s new board chair. As executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Fund, Ms. Regan brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit and health care sectors. “Kathy’s leadership, expertise, and commitment to the rights of women and…