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.
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) submitted an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Colombia, urging the court to defend women’s rights and health by upholding the right to safe and legal abortion. In October 2018, the court voted 6 to 3 to maintain no time frame restriction on legal abortion,…
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.
By rejecting a bill to decriminalize abortion, the Argentinean Senate missed a landmark opportunity to advance women’s rights. This disappointing outcome will not reverse the momentum for reproductive autonomy in Argentina. The demands of women have been heard and there is no going back.
Brazil recognizes health as a constitutional right, but the criminalization of abortion keeps this right out of reach for millions of women. A landmark case to decriminalize abortion in the first trimester, currently before Brazil’s highest court, is a crucial step towards change. IWHC president, Françoise Girard, is among the 52 international experts to testify at the Supreme Court of Brazil on August 3 and 6.
As an ardent defender of abortion rights in Peru, IWHC's grantee partner Promsex is a frequent target of right-wing conservatives. Yet a recent court ruling against a Catholic news agency that deliberately spread misinformation about Promsex is a victory for Peru's long-embattled sexual and reproductive health advocates.
IWHC welcomes today’s vote by Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies in favor of a bill that would decriminalize abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, which our grantee partner CDD-Argentina helped shape, has renewed the hopes of feminist activists in the country.
A newly proposed bill to decriminalize abortion has renewed the hopes of feminist activists in the country, and could be a sign of a broader shift in public opinion on abortion across Latin America.
The brief argues in favor of decriminalization of abortion in Brazil in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and was filed on March 8, International Women’s Day, with Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court.
Argentinean feminists remain at the forefront of the Latin American movement to end gender-based violence. In mid-October, more than 70,000 activists and advocates gathered to discuss a range of women’s issues at the Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres.