On September 1, Michelle Bachelet will take over one of the hardest jobs in the world—UN high commissioner for human rights. Bachelet now has the singular opportunity to take the necessary actions to ensure that human rights continue to be respected, protected, and fulfilled in their entirety.
The creation of a new office within the US Department of Health and Human Services to support medical professionals who refuse to provide health care to women and trans people under the guise of moral or religious objections is the latest in a string of attacks on sexual and reproductive rights.
Former Senator Sam Brownback, a staunch opponent of women's and LGBT rights, is the latest in a string of conservative ideologues nominated to senior posts by the Trump Administration. His failure to defend the notion of respect for health as a human right and not a moral battleground should disqualify him for consideration as the head of the Office of International Religious Freedom.
President Trump continued his attacks on sexual and reproductive health and rights this week through yet another terrible appointment.
On December 13, 2016, IWHC joined nearly 300 advocates, activists, organizers, and experts in Washington, D.C., for a day of strategy, solidarity, and discussion. As the incoming Trump Administration assembles a Cabinet committed to rolling back women’s rights and access to health, 90 organizations stood together to say that we are ready to fight for the…
We at the International Women’s Health Coalition are deeply concerned that the policies proposed by US President-elect Trump and the Republican Party will result in serious setbacks for women and girls worldwide.
The 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS should have been a critical milestone. It was the opportunity for governments to elaborate how they intended to meet the ambitious target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 that they committed to as part of the Sustainable Development Goals just last year. In order…
Governments must act immediately to halt the spread of HIV among its young populations, and young people themselves must be at the center of these efforts. But young people thus far have been noticeably absent from the decision-making process, and not for lack of trying.
The declaration makes bold new commitments to realize human rights, address the drivers of HIV among women and girls, and give young people the information and services they need to better protect themselves from HIV. But it fails to address discrimination against and criminalization of key populations affected by HIV.