July 1, 2020

The Action Coalitions, organized by UN Women as part of Generation Equality, are innovative, multi-sector partnerships that will drive transformative and irreversible change for gender equality worldwide.

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is honored to be selected as a leader of the Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Action Coalition. Together with our fellow government, UN agency, and civil society partners, IWHC will use this platform to secure bodily autonomy for people worldwide and achieve reproductive justice.

“We are humbled to be selected as a leader of the Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Action Coalition,” said IWHC President Françoise Girard. “The Action Coalitions are a powerful call for gender justice. IWHC is eager to begin mobilizing new financial and political commitments, and will draw on our global experience to ensure efforts to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights are grounded in the realities, expertise, and priorities of feminist movements in the Global South.”

IWHC is joined by Argentina, Burkina Faso, Denmark, France, the Global Financing Facility, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Alliance Droits et Santé, ARROW, the Foundations for Study and Research on Women (FEIM), International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights atop the Action Coalition. This diverse and cross-sector partnership will leverage our collective capabilities and resources to advance policies that prioritize autonomy and human rights. Over the coming months, we will co-design a bold Blueprint for Action, which will articulate our agenda for the next five years.

The Action Coalitions are the focal point of the Generation Equality Forum, which after an initial postponement due to COVID-19, will be held in Mexico City and Paris in 2021. The Forum will mobilize political will and financial commitments, with the Action Coalitions serving as the vehicle to deliver transformative and irreversible progress on gender equality. The ongoing pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted women and girls and demonstrated the impact of ingrained gender inequalities, has further revealed the urgency of this agenda. The Generation Equality Forums and Action Coalitions will play a critical role in both the development of a just and sustainable recovery and the building of a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls.

In addition to the Action Coalition on bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights, Action Coalitions have been established on five cross-cutting themes that are prerequisites to achieving gender equality: economic justice and rights; gender-based violence; feminist action for climate justice; feminist movements and leadership; and technology and innovation for gender equality. Leadership of the remaining Action Coalitions was announced today by UN Women, Mexico, France, and the Civil Society Advisory Group.

IWHC is committed to ensuring that the Action Coalition is grounded in feminist values and intersectional in its approach. Together with the Action Coalition leads and the global feminist movement, we will lead a global effort to dismantle oppressive and patriarchal systems and deliver generation equality worldwide.

Contact: Cindy del Rosario-Tapan (+1) 917.715.1514

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