Stemming Violence Through Education in South Africa

Providing comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents can help combat the surge of sexual and gender-based violence in South Africa.

Reproductive Rights: The Canary In The Coal Mine

Women’s rights—and in particular reproductive rights—often act like a “canary in the coal mine” of human rights. When the overall danger to human rights is not clear to most observers, feminist activists see the first signs of what is to come.

Wins for Women in 2016

The women’s movement achieved great successes globally in 2016; highlighting these achievements will be essential for the fight ahead.

Girls and the Fight to End AIDS

To end AIDS, we must challenge dangerous gender norms that encourage sexual violence, sexism, and homophobic hatred, and deepen our investment in comprehensive sexuality education.

Is Cameroon Finally Taking on Child Marriage?

Cameroon’s government recently passed legislation that bans child marriage, but advocates say a law on paper is not enough.

The Pleasure Principle

In the words of Janet Jackson, circa 1986, “It’s the pleasure principle!” Yet, those of us working to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent girls often forget this and are reluctant to talk about pleasure.

Statement on the Election of Donald Trump as US President

  • November 9, 2016

We at the International Women’s Health Coalition are deeply concerned that the policies proposed by US President-elect Trump and the Republican Party will result in serious setbacks for women and girls worldwide.

“This Made Me Courageous”
Girls Find Their Voices in Cameroon

  • October 11, 2016

Victorine (pictured, left) is from a small, farming village in northwest Cameroon. Few girls there go to school, and those who do are usually pulled out before they graduate and are married off before they turn 18. But Victorine has different plans for her future. She wants to be a lawyer. Victorine is…

A Joint Civil Society Analysis of the 2016 Political Declaration: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030

  • September 1, 2016

The 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS should have been a critical milestone.  It was the opportunity for governments to elaborate how they intended to meet the ambitious target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 that they committed to as part of the Sustainable Development Goals just last year. In order…

The Impact of HIV and AIDS on Girls and Young Women Globally

  • July 12, 2016

Despite the significant advances the world has made in reducing HIV, adolescent girls and young women, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, have been left behind. According to new data from UNAIDS, adolescent girls and young women account for one in five new infections globally. In some countries in southern and eastern Africa, HIV prevalence among girls…