Montevideo +1: Activists’ Progress One Year After the Landmark Meeting

One year ago this week, 33 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean came together for the first intergovernmental conference on population and development in the region. Convened in Montevideo, Uruguay, by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the conference gathered government delegates and advocates to assess progress and challenges…

Taking ICPD Beyond 2015

  • July 1, 2014

By Françoise Girard This is the Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Global Public Health 2014, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17441692.2014.917381#.U7Lxq_ldWSo. How can sexual and reproductive health and rights, and women’s rights overall, be fully reflected into the next global development agenda? As the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)…

FEMNET’s Yvette Kathurima: Advancing Women’s and Girls’ Rights in Africa

  • May 20, 2014

Yvette Kathurima is the Head of Advocacy at FEMNET, the African Women’s Development and Communication Network,a Pan-African membership- based organization working to advance women’s rights. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, FEMNET coordinates advocacy and communication activities that promote gender equality and social justice and works to build the women’s movement in Africa. Before joining FEMNET, Yvette…

Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies

  • April 12, 2014

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.

IWHC, RESURJ, and Youth Coalition Statement to the 47th Commission on Population and Development

  • March 25, 2014

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ), and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) statement to the 47th Commission on Population and Development.

A Feminist Vision for Sustainable Development

More than 60 feminists from 31 countries and 47 organizations gathered in upstate New York over three days to define a global feminist agenda for the next two years. The result is a bold call to action to world leaders.

Photos: IWHC Training Empowers Young Activists in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • November 15, 2013

From August 9-10, 2013, 28 young activists from across Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in Montevideo, Uruguay, for IWHC’s Advocacy in Practice (AiP) workshop. The workshop prepared the young women and men to advocate with their governments during the First Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin American and the…

Partner: RESURJ

  • November 14, 2013

RESURJ is an alliance of women ages 20-40 dedicated to upholding the reproductive health and rights agenda adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and to advancing it by engaging strategically with decision-makers globally and regionally and mobilizing other young women advocates. RESURJ grew out of a meeting convened by IWHC at…

Partner: Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health (ASTRA)

  • November 14, 2013

The Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASTRA) is a regional network of 31 women’s rights organizations from 20 Central and Eastern Europe countries working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women in that region. Since ASTRA’s inception in 1999, the Federation for Women and…

African Feminists Ready to Tackle ICPD Conference in Addis

Negotiations are in full swing this week at the African Regional Conference on Population and Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This conference, convened by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will serve as the regional contribution to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 Review. Experts and government representatives…

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IWHC to Lead UN Action Coalition on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

  • July 1, 2020

IWHC is honored to be selected as a leader of the UN’s Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Action Coalition.

US Supreme Court Ruling on HIV/AIDS Funding Undermines Health and Human Rights

  • June 29, 2020

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is extremely disappointed by today’s US Supreme Court ruling in the Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International case, a decision that upholds the application of the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath (APLO).  Passed in…

Stand with Adolescent Girls and Young Women During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • June 9, 2020

The global pandemic COVID-19 lays bare and exacerbates existing inequalities. For adolescent girls and young women in many places, this means that the harmful impacts of patriarchy and gender inequality are magnified and intensified. The coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns heighten the perpetration of gender-based violence; elevate risks of child, early and forced…

Unstoppable: IWHC’s 2019 Annual Report

  • June 8, 2020

For over 35 years, IWHC has advocated fearlessly, funded strategically, and partnered with feminists globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and achieve gender justice. In our 2019 Annual Report, Unstoppable, we demonstrate the power of feminist movements, celebrate the immense progress that has been made on women’s rights, and outline our…

Black Lives Matter

IWHC stands in solidarity with activists fighting for racial justice. We commit to supporting and uplifting Black activists, and join our staff and partners in saying, unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.