In March 2019, IWHC President Françoise Girard provided expert testimony before the US House Appropriations Committee on the devastating impact of the Global Gag Rule on the lives of women and girls around the world.
Universal health coverage has the potential to provide financial protection against catastrophic health costs and out-of-pocket expenses, enhance access to and increase the availability of medication and services, and lead to improved health outcomes. However, to be truly universal, universal health coverage schemes must be designed in ways that address the specific needs of women, adolescents, and marginalized communities.
As 2018 comes to a close, IWHC looks back on our readers' favorite blogs of the year. From major advocacy victories at the UN, to the rise of Argentina's feminist "green wave," to renewed commitments to women and girls in rural areas, here are the stories that rose to the top in a year of wins for women's rights.
As the international community has increased its commitment to adolescent girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights, young women with disabilities have consistently been left behind. IWHC believes that it is essential that disability rights become a key tenet of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
IWHC, together with more than 100 organizations, has outlined a coordinated policy vision of bold action, for the present and future, on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The vision statement is the first of its kind, and the first step in an unprecedented, collective effort to work towards policy change.
The election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil poses a serious threat to human rights. IWHC is deeply troubled by Bolsonaro’s election and stands with the women’s movement and their continued commitment to hold the incoming government accountable.
Human rights are under renewed threat as the Trump-Pence administration considers instituting a narrow and binary definition of gender that discriminates against and attempts to erase transgender people. IWHC stands in solidarity with the transgender community and joins in the fight against efforts to deny people’s humanity.
To fulfill women’s human rights, governments must invest in gender-inclusive social protection systems, quality public services, and sustainable infrastructure.