The nomination of William P. Barr for US Attorney General continues the Trump-Pence administration’s trend of nominating ideologues to critical posts responsible for protecting the rule of law and civil rights. “Barr’s history of hostility toward women, immigrants, and people living with HIV and AIDS make him an unfit candidate for US Attorney General," said IWHC Director of Advocacy and Policy Shannon Kowalski.
The nomination of Heather Nauert as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the Trump administration’s regressive policies at the UN. “There is nothing in Nauert’s record to suggest that she would restrain the administration’s efforts to censor language or to undermine and remove UN commitments on gender equality, sexuality education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights,” Kowalski notes.
Despite backlash against sexual and reproductive rights, women’s movements worldwide are mobilized. In 2018, IWHC provided financial and technical support, and fought hard for progressive policy change to advance the rights of women and girls.
In its recent "General Comment on the Right to Life," the United Nations Human Rights Committee makes it clear that access to safe and legal abortion services is fundamental for achieving women’s human rights.
IWHC is proud to join more than 100 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in outlining a bold, proactive vision for lawmakers to deliver on sexual and reproductive health and rights. This vision statement is phase one of an unprecedented, collective effort to work towards policy change in service of women and girls around the world.
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.
For 10 years, the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) has worked to secure abortion as a human right for women and girls throughout the region. Through its Youth Champions and Country Advocacy Networks, ASAP has developed an international and intergenerational feminist force that fights for women’s fundamental rights to autonomy and dignity.
IWHC, together with more than 50 sexual and reproductive rights organizations, are calling for increased attention to human rights violations and threats to democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
Seventy-three years ago, delegates from around the world gathered in San Francisco to sign the UN Charter. Today, the UN remains the centerpiece of the international system, and a key site for advancing women’s rights.
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.