We Need a Feminist Secretary-General at the United Nations

We now know the next Secretary General won’t be a woman, but will he be a feminist?

HERA Action Sheets

  • October 7, 2016

HERA Action Sheets

>>Available in PDF / Available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

Access to Safe Abortion is a Human Right

  • October 6, 2016

Published in 2008, this fact sheet outlines some of the restrictions on access to safe abortion around the world, and the global consequences of those restrictions. It also offers suggestions on how to reform abortion policies and improve access to safe abortion services.

Expanding Access to Safe Abortion: Strategies for Action

  • October 6, 2016

>>Available in PDF / Available in French and SpanishSummary: By Adrienne Germain and Theresa Kim (New York: IWHC, 1999). Demonstrates how to use international conference agreements and human rights instruments to argue for access to safe abortion services, and describes strategies that are being used across a wide range of countries to implement such services (44 pages).

Four Essays on Birth Control Needs and Risks

  • October 6, 2016

By Ruth Dixon-Mueller and Adrienne Germain Published in 1993, these essays offer differing perspectives of women’s health advocates, scientists, and researchers on contraceptive development; assessing “relative risks” of contraception and pregnancy; defining “unmet need” for family planning; and abortion.

Congressional Action on Zika: Too Little, Too Late?

Congress finally agreed to provide badly-needed funding to halt the spread of the Zika virus. But it’s woefully inadequate.

The Real Impact of Abortion Stigma

An abortion advocate for many years, IWHC Program Officer Rachel Jacobson shares a firsthand account of how stigma continues to hold back women’s reproductive rights around the world.

Flipping the Script on Conscientious Objection

Even in countries that permit abortion, women still face barriers to receiving abortion services because many health providers claim conscientious objection and refuse to provide it.

Argentina’s Unstoppable Feminists

After fierce protest, a woman in Argentina imprisoned for induced abortion has been released. The decision brings to light the injustices women face and the potential of feminist groups to spur change.

The High Cost of Legal Abortion in South Africa

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for 20 years. But poverty, lack of access to information, and stigma remain significant barriers to actually obtaining safe abortion services.