Sama Pushes for Progress on Maternal Health and Rights in India

IWHC spoke with our grantee partner Sama, a resource group based in India, about its work to improve maternal health and rights through research, fact finding, and advocacy. IWHC has funded and supported Sama since 2016, and we have partnered in global advocacy spaces for more than two decades.

Coalition Statement Opposing the Global Gag Rule

  • February 5, 2019

IWHC, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Center for Health and Gender Equity, together with more than 160 organizations, stand opposed to the harmful Global Gag Rule.

A Call for Change: Putting People’s Health and Rights First

  • November 15, 2018

IWHC, together with more than 100 organizations, has outlined a coordinated policy vision of bold action, for the present and future, on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The vision statement is the first of its kind, and the first step in an unprecedented, collective effort to work towards policy change.

Constitutional Court of Colombia: Abortion Restrictions are Ineffective and Harmful

  • October 19, 2018

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,…

By Removing Reproductive Rights, State Department Sets a Dangerous Precedent in US Human Rights Reports

The US State Department's recently released Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 were edited to reflect the Trump administration’s disregard for reproductive rights by eliminating comprehensive reporting on these issues. This sends the unmistakable signal that violations of reproductive rights do not matter.

Harmful and Deadly: Child Marriage and Maternal Mortality in Rural Settings

  • March 14, 2018

During the UN Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC hosted a side event that explored the deadly links between maternal mortality and child, early, and forced marriage. The panel featured women's rights activists from Cameroon, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Going Rural: The Case for Access to Reproductive Health Care

In the run-up to this year's Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC looks at the unique challenges facing women and girls in rural areas, who are often unable to access quality sexual and reproductive health care services.

New Trump Budget Would Harm Women and Girls Worldwide

  • February 13, 2018

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 continues his administration’s assault on women and girls globally by seeking massive cuts to programs intended to protect their health and human rights.

Life After Zika: Stories from Brazil

  • June 23, 2016

On Thursday, June 2, Friends of IWHC watched Zika, the incredibly moving documentary about five young Brazilian women and the health care professionals struggling to serve them in the middle of the Zika epidemic.

Local Groups in Brazil Respond to Growing Zika Crisis

The Zika virus is devastating Brazil. While the response of the country’s public health system has been weak, women’s groups are trying to fill the void.