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.
The nomination of Heather Nauert as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the Trump administration’s regressive policies at the UN. “There is nothing in Nauert’s record to suggest that she would restrain the administration’s efforts to censor language or to undermine and remove UN commitments on gender equality, sexuality education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights,” Kowalski notes.
IWHC, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Center for Health and Gender Equity, and the Open Society Foundations, together with more than 80 organizations, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to stop censoring US diplomats.
IWHC is proud to join more than 100 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in outlining a bold, proactive vision for lawmakers to deliver on sexual and reproductive health and rights. This vision statement is phase one of an unprecedented, collective effort to work towards policy change in service of women and girls around the world.
The election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil poses a serious threat to human rights. IWHC is deeply troubled by Bolsonaro’s election and stands with the women’s movement and their continued commitment to hold the incoming government accountable.
On October 28, Brazilians will vote in a presidential election run-off between front-runner Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro's repressive views on women's and LGBTQI rights has sparked mass mobilization against his candidacy. Global experts and local advocates are available to comment on the elections, and the implications for sexual and reproductive rights, an issue targeted by Bolsonaro.
Human rights are under renewed threat as the Trump-Pence administration considers instituting a narrow and binary definition of gender that discriminates against and attempts to erase transgender people. IWHC stands in solidarity with the transgender community and joins in the fight against efforts to deny people’s humanity.
In celebration of International Day of the Girl Child, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) welcomes the introduction of the Keeping Girls in School Act, a crucial piece of legislation to help millions of girls worldwide overcome entrenched inequality and stay in school.
IWHC condemns the US Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the country’s highest court, and is gravely concerned about the impact of this decision on reproductive, LGBTQI, and human rights, both in the US and around the world.
In a further blow to gender equality, new reports indicate the Trump administration is working strategically to withhold and restrict funding for United Nations organizations that protect the human rights of women and girls.