Commission Uses Religious Freedom to Justify Discrimination

The Commission on Unalienable Rights is a thinly veiled attempt to redefine human rights, prioritize religious freedom at the expense of other fundamental rights, and rollback decades of progress for women, LGBTQI people, and members of marginalized communities.

US Unalienable Rights Commission Shouldn’t Cherry-Pick Rights

  • May 1, 2020

Full coverage of the Commission on Unalienable Rights available here. 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…

Ultraconservative Marketing Ploy Attempts to Derail Gender Equality

In essence, “gender ideology” is nothing more than a right-wing marketing ploy—a dangerous conspiracy theory based on fear, not fact, that justifies discrimination against women and gender diverse people.

Trump Administration Pursues the Right to Discriminate

A Natural Right to Discriminate? The US State Department recently created the Commission on Unalienable Rights. The new body will advise Secretary of State Pompeo and “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.” Despite its innocuous name,…

Care Denied; Human Rights Committee Reviews US; and New Leadership at the UN

Administration Promotes Refusals of Care In early May, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a new rule—Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care—expanding protections for health providers that deny care based on personal or religious beliefs—so-called “conscientious objection.” The new rule applies to all health care facilities…

Destro Is a Dangerous Choice to Lead US Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights

President Trump’s nominee for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Robert A. Destro, has a long history of extreme opposition to women’s and LGBTQI people’s health and rights, rendering him unfit to execute the Bureau’s mission of “promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights.”

Currie Can’t Fix the Administration’s Anti-Women Agenda

  • March 8, 2019

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Kelley Currie to ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. IWHC has serious concerns about the selection of Currie, a political appointee with no history of leadership on women’s rights or gender, by an administration that is in no position to lead on these issues.

Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights, the Deadly Global Gag Rules Comes Home, and Women’s “Empowerment”

Congress introduces a bill to enshrine reproductive rights as human rights while the administration moves to implement a dangerous Domestic Gag Rule and misses the mark on women's empowerment. All this and more in the latest edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

Global HER Act, Scheming at the UN, and Religious Refusals

Is this the end of the Global Gag Rule? Why did the US try to block Bachelet's appointment to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights? And, how is the administration using religion to undermine access to health care? Find out in the edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

Gutting Global Reproductive Health, US Continues Its Assault

The Trump-Pence administration continues to gut global health, but human rights organizations are fighting back. This edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest looks at efforts to hold the administration to account, and details its continued attempts to undermine commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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IWHC Mourns Justice Ginsburg, Global Feminist Icon

  • September 21, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion for gender equality and a feminist icon to millions. She leaves a lasting legacy of fighting for justice, especially for those most marginalized. IWHC is proud to have fought alongside Justice Ginsburg to secure human rights for all.

Commission Uses Religious Freedom to Justify Discrimination

The Commission on Unalienable Rights is a thinly veiled attempt to redefine human rights, prioritize religious freedom at the expense of other fundamental rights, and rollback decades of progress for women, LGBTQI people, and members of marginalized communities.

Commission on Unalienable Rights Is an Assault on Human Rights, IWHC Says

  • August 27, 2020

Full coverage of the Commission on Unalienable Rights available here. Today, the Commission on Unalienable Rights—an advisory body created by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—released its final report, which reconsiders the role of human rights in US foreign policy. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)…

An Update from IWHC’s Board of Directors

  • August 19, 2020

On July 6, IWHC was informed of complaints from former and current employees about racism, bullying, intimidation, and a toxic work environment directed at Black women and women of color in our workplace. Since then, the Board has undertaken a number of actions. The following note serves as an update on the processes that are…

Board Statement on Institutional Racism at IWHC

  • July 27, 2020

In the last few weeks, former and current IWHC staff have come forward to share their experiences. They have spoken of racism, bullying, intimidation, and a toxic work environment. We, the IWHC Board, are shaken and deeply saddened by what we have learned. As leaders of this organization, we are committed to taking…