Women and Youth Point the Way Forward for Asia and Pacific

As more than 400 government and civil society representatives from 40 countries meet in Bangkok this week for the 6th Asian and Pacific Population Conference, women’s rights and youth activists are calling for strong government commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region. The five-day population conference is an opportunity for…

Statement by the Human Rights Caucus at the 46th UN Commission on Population and Development

  • April 24, 2013

This statement was delivered at the 46th Session of the Commission on Population and Development on behalf of the Human Rights Caucus, which is a group of 36 organizations working on sexual and reproductive health, human rights, and migrants' rights.

Bali Declaration Offers a Progressive Vision for World’s Youth

We here at IWHC are thrilled that young people and adult allies spoke out in support of a bold and progressive vision for what the global community must do to achieve the largest generation ever of educated, empowered, safe, and healthy young people.

The Journey of 1,000 Miles Starts with the First Step

The last couple of days of the ICPD Global Youth Forum in Bali, Indonesia, have seen a flurry of around-the-clock activity by nearly 1,000 young people, adult allies, NGO representatives, academics, government officials, and other stakeholders from around the world. Their hard work is already paying off. Yesterday,…

"All I Had to Do Was Take a Pill Every Day, I Was Told."

“And hey presto, I didn’t have to worry about getting pregnant!” — Marge Berer, Editor, Reproductive Health Matters I was among the first generation of women in the 1960s to experience the miracle of the pill just at the age when I was wanting to start having sex. All I had to do was…

United Nations Population Award Speech by Adrienne Germain

  • June 8, 2012

United Nations Population Award Presentation Ceremony A Celebration of Courage Adrienne Germain United Nations, June 8, 2012 Madam Deputy Secretary General, Executive Director of the UNFPA, Chairman of the Committee for the United Nations Population Award, Professor Huang, representing the Federation of Reproductive Health Associations of Malaysia, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests…

Pathways to the Integration of Sexual And Reproductive Health Services

  • April 17, 2012

This IWHC brief defines the core group of sexual and reproductive health services in the essential policy package; explains the advantages of integrated services over separate vertical programs; and identifies a number of pathways to accomplishing their integration.

Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights: The Essential Package of Policies and Programs

  • April 17, 2012

Universal access to reproductive health is vital to the effective implementation of population, health, and development policies. This IWHC brief describes in practical terms the justification for and components of the essential policy and program package.

Our Rights, Our Lives: Women’s Call to Action Toward Cairo+20

  • December 21, 2011

This rallying call was developed by an inter‐generational group of over 30 feminist activists convened by Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ), International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN). To support these demands please send your name, organization and country to [email protected] As the world reviews progress on  implementation of…

The Impact of International Agreements on Young People

This post is based on remarks delivered at an event held by the Youth Health and Rights Coalition in Washington, DC about the importance of international agreements, particularly for advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of  young people globally. Often times I am asked why the United Nations matters, or why global policy agreements…