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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.
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…
Nearly 40% of the world’s girls and women live in countries failing on gender equality, SDG Index finds
Results for 129 countries measured by a new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Gender Index released today by Equal Measures 2030 show that the world is far from achieving gender equality, with 1.4 billion girls and women living in countries that get a “very poor” failing grade on gender equality.
Contact: Liza Kane-Hartnett [email protected]; (+1) 917.498.3346 New report from the International Women’s Health Coalition details the devastating impact of Trump’s Global Gag Rule in Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, and South Africa. The Trump administration’s Global Gag Rule is depriving women of essential information and health care, stripping them…
The nomination of Kelly Knight Craft as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the United States’ waning global leadership. Craft is a political donor, not a seasoned diplomat, and if confirmed, she is expected to uphold the administration’s strategy of using the UN system to target the rights of women and girls.
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.