State Department Human Rights Reports Conceal Abuses of Reproductive Rights

  • March 13, 2019

IWHC condemns the absence of reproductive rights in the State Department’s annual Human Rights Reports, released today. The continued omission confirms that the Trump administration does not value women’s rights or health, and undermines US leadership on human rights.

Global Partnership Unveils New Tool to Track Progress for Girls and Women Ahead of Women Foreign Ministers Meeting in Canada

  • September 19, 2018

Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) is a global civil society and private sector led partnership with the mission of fueling progress towards gender equality by making sure girls’ and women’s movements, advocates and decision makers have easy-to-use data and evidence to guide efforts to reach the Global Goals by 2030 and leave no one behind. The EM2030 SDG Gender Index provides a comprehensive measure of overall progress towards gender equality that is aligned to the SDGs.

Indonesia Subjects Female Police Recruits to Virginity Tests

  • November 20, 2014

The humiliating, traumatizing tests are pointless and don't prove anything.

Women and Youth Point the Way Forward for Asia and Pacific

  • September 15, 2013

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…

Ninuk Widyantoro, Co-Founder of YKP Women’s Health Foundation

  • March 27, 2013

Ninuk Widyantoro was one of 11 people who founded the YKP Women’s Health Foundation in Indonesia in 2001. The founders established the organization to pursue legal protections for women’s reproductive rights and health, especially safe abortion, and to empower their communities to stand up for their rights. Prior to her involvement with YKP, Ninuk had…

On the Road to the Global Youth Forum

  • December 3, 2012

Starting today, the ICPD Global Youth Forum brings together nearly 1,000 young people, government leaders, advocates, academics, and others together to discuss and make recommendations regarding the most pressing issues facing young people. Nearly 50 percent of the world’s population is under 25 years old—the largest generation ever of young people—and it is clear…

Sex in Indonesia: Education over Censorship, Please

  • January 20, 2011

Indonesian Technology Ministers are all worked up over “pornographic” materials available to citizens via their Blackberry devices, and threatened to ban Blackberry service unless the company  agreed to filter out the undesirable content. News reports today announced Blackberry’s compliance, and that sites like Playboy are now blocked from Blackberry devices across that country. While…

Off the rails: Why a ladies-only train isn't enough to stop sexual harassment in Indonesia

  • August 19, 2010

Having your heart in the right place when it comes to protecting and promoting women’s health and safety is important—but without your head in the right place, your actions won’t lead to much progress. I fear it’s this kind of disconnect between heart and head that’s behind today’s launch of women-only train carriages in…

Mob attacks activists in Indonesia, police shut down conference promoting gay rights

  • April 5, 2010

Late last week our partner the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), based in Turkey, collaborated on a statement speaking out against the March 23rd repression of the Asia Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association (ILGA). The event was to be held in Surabaya, Indonesia…

Gaining Better Access to Abortion in Indonesia

  • December 7, 2009

At the same time that the United States is embroiled in a political battle about whether abortion would be covered by health insurance under the Stupak Amendment, a little-known victory on abortion rights has been under-way in Indonesia that has the potential to change the lives of millions of women and girls. At IWHC,…