We also partner with advocates who are leading efforts to ensure women have access to safe, legal, and comprehensive abortion services.
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.
As the world celebrates International Day of the Girl Child, IWHC stresses the importance of empowering girls through comprehensive sexuality education, linked with access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.
Global Partnership Unveils New Tool to Track Progress for Girls and Women Ahead of Women Foreign Ministers Meeting in Canada
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.
Despite the fact that 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, menstruation remains shrouded in silence and taboos. Women and girls need access to comprehensive, accurate information about their bodies and rights, and dedicated, integrated services in order to menstruate in dignity.
Monica Oguttu, the 2018 recipient of the Joan B. Dunlop Award, leads the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), an IWHC grantee partner organization that provides comprehensive reproductive health services, and advocates for the rights of women and girls in Kenya.
IWHC's findings on the effects of the policy, which are grounded in the experiences and expertise of our partners, differ dramatically from the conclusions reached by the US State Department in its 6-month review.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and veteran Kenyan women’s health advocate Monica Oguttu, will be honored by IWHC for their leadership to defend and advance the human rights of women and girls.
IWHC recently launched a new research project to study the impacts of the Trump Administration's "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" policy in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Based on the early findings of this project, IWHC submitted comments to the US government and participated in a six-month review on Capitol Hill.
IWHC, together with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), hosted a webinar on the early impacts of the Global Gag Rule, which withholds US foreign aid from groups that provide abortion information, services or referrals. The webinar is based on findings presented at a Congressional briefing in October, six months after the Trump Administration rolled out the policy.
In the words of Janet Jackson, circa 1986, “It’s the pleasure principle!” Yet, those of us working to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent girls often forget this and are reluctant to talk about pleasure.