Despite the fact that 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, menstruation remains shrouded in silence and taboos. Women and girls need access to comprehensive, accurate information about their bodies and rights, and dedicated, integrated services in order to menstruate in dignity.
For girls and women globally, access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is critical for their sexual and reproductive health and for gender equality. Girls’ inability to manage their menstrual health, compromises their ability to complete their educations and navigate other aspects of their lives.1 Lack of access to clean water can have significant…
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.
During the UN Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC hosted a side event that explored the deadly links between maternal mortality and child, early, and forced marriage. The panel featured women's rights activists from Cameroon, Nepal, and Pakistan.
At a time when extremists in many parts of the world seek to deny young people access to life-saving information and services, the new UN guidelines on sexuality education offer a framework for creating comprehensive, effective, and integrated programs for adolescents.
In this challenging environment, strong leadership of the UN organization charged with promoting the human rights and well-being of every child is particularly vital. As Henrietta H. Fore steps into her new role, IWHC offers five priorities for her first term.
One year after the election, it has become clear that the new presidential Administration staunchly pursues one priority: removing policies that protect the rights of women and girls while ensuring that right-wing ideologues with extreme, retrograde views are positioned to decide on women’s bodies and lives.
On International Day of the Girl Child, we look back at five years of progress for girls health and rights worldwide.
IWHC presented Pakistani activist Sheena Hadi with the Joan B. Dunlop Award in March 2017. Hadi currently serves as Executive Director of Aahung, a nonprofit organization and IWHC grantee partner devoted to improving young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health information and care.
Providing comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents can help combat the surge of sexual and gender-based violence in South Africa.