The Programme of Action, adopted by 179 governments, marked a new understanding among world bodies—that population and development are inextricably linked, and that women’s empowerment is the key to both. And, for the first time, the reproductive and sexual health and rights of women became a central element in an international agreement on population and development.
After three failures in four years, governments now face a choice: seriously invest the political capital needed to make the CPD a success, or ensure other venues and forums take up and integrate review of the ICPD Agenda into their work.
From the state of abortion rights to the Global Gag Rule, IWHC looks back on the blogs that rose to the top in a year of perilous policies countered by a tenacious women's movement.
Deliberations fell apart on the last day, with no resolution on the theme of changing age structures and development.
This fall, the Obama Administration made a decision that seems to be a step forward for sexual rights. But is it?
At the end of two weeks of thought-provoking and intense discussions, the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) concluded on April 17, 2015 without a resolution. On the final day, the chair produced a well-balanced text reflective of the various positions staked by governments, but to everyone’s surprise, this text was suddenly withdrawn by the chair…
There is "girl power" at the UN this week. While the halls of power are still filled with older men, young women are making their mark here, and beyond.
Written Statement jointly submitted by the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) at the 48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development. The International Women’s Health Coalition and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights welcome the opportunity to emphasize the importance of integrating…
Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies
The Commission on Population and Development called on governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development.
The Youth Statement to the 47th Commission on Population and Development calls on member states to ensure that young people have comprehensive sexual education as part of their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
IWHC joined with 730 other civil society groups in a "red flag" statement expressing concern that recent deliberations on the Post-2015 development agenda have revealed a disconnect between human rights and development.