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Françoise Girard is President of the International Women’s Health Coalition and a highly regarded advocate for women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is regularly consulted by governments and UN agencies and has played a key advocacy role at international negotiations on human rights, women’s rights, and HIV/AIDS.
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Sheena Hadi is Director of Aahung, based in Karachi, Pakistan. Under Hadi’s leadership, Aahung has become a leading authority in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Hadi and Aahung are currently focused on expanding sexuality education programs in schools and improving training at medical institutions across the country.
Don’t Use Religion to Justify Bias Against Women, LGBTQ People The US State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights should uphold international human rights commitments and not use freedom of religion as a cloak to permit violations of the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people, 167 leading human rights activists and groups…
The Trump administration’s plan to stop funding the World Health Organization (WHO) is a reckless move with global consequences. As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinated global action is crucial. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) condemns the president’s decision.
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.