When Ideology Drives US Funding, Women Stand to Lose

The Trump Administration announced the elimination of US funding for the UNFPA, a major blow to global women’s health.

Brazil’s Women Activists Tackle an Enduring Threat

In the midst of the Zika epidemic, Brazil’s conservative Congress has seemingly done everything it can to make the situation worse for Brazilian women.

Reproductive Health and Dignity: Choices by Third World Women

  • October 11, 2016

By Adrienne Germain This is one of 13 technical background papers prepared for the International Conference on Better Health for Women and Children through Family Planning, held in Nairobi, Kenya, October 5-9, 1987. Published in 1987, this paper analyzes four program strategies—family planning, maternal and child health, child survival, and safe motherhood—to determine the extent…

Reproductive Choice in Jeopardy: International Policy Perspectives

  • October 6, 2016

Presentations at the Biennial Conference of the Association for Women in Development, Washington, D.C. April, 1987 “Moving Forward: Innovations in Development Policy, Action and Research” was the primary theme of the Biennial Conference of the Association for Women in Development (AWID) held in Washington, D.C. in April 1987. One of three major sub-themes was “Innovations in Reproductive Health and Child Survival.” Adrienne Germain…

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.

Peru Fails to Deliver for Indigenous Women, but Advocates Keep Up the Pressure

A recent legal decision makes clear the government is not prioritizing their reproductive rights, but activists are not giving up.

Life After Zika: Stories from Brazil

  • June 23, 2016

On Thursday, June 2, Friends of IWHC watched Zika, the incredibly moving documentary about five young Brazilian women and the health care professionals struggling to serve them in the middle of the Zika epidemic.

Zika and Reproductive Rights

The Zika virus is a wake-up call for governments everywhere to rebuild and strengthen public health systems, and to guarantee all women and girls access to contraceptives and safe abortions.

A Force for Change in Kenya

Meet Monica Oguttu, a strong advocate and leader who is making significant advances for girls' and women's health and rights in Kenya.