Trump Administration Expands Assault on Global Abortion Access

The Trump administration's latest attack on global abortion access includes the unprecedented use of the Siljander Amendment, which sets a dangerous precedent by attempting to force global human rights bodies to bow to US political pressure.

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.

Destro Is a Dangerous Choice to Lead US Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights

President Trump’s nominee for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Robert A. Destro, has a long history of extreme opposition to women’s and LGBTQI people’s health and rights, rendering him unfit to execute the Bureau’s mission of “promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights.”

Expanded Attacks on Abortion, UN Commission on the Status of Women, Human Rights Reports, and the President’s Budget Proposal

The US once again expands the Global Gag Rule, CSW ends with new commitments to women's rights, and President Trump releases his 2020 budget. All this and more in the latest edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

US Increases Attacks on Global Abortion Access

  • March 26, 2019

Today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new expansion to the Global Gag Rule and invoked the Siljander amendment, placing additional restrictions on funding to multilateral institutions. IWHC unequivocally condemns the administration’s latest attempts to isolate, stigmatize, and marginalize groups working to ensure that women have access to abortion services.

UN Member States Reaffirm Commitment to Women’s Human Rights

  • March 23, 2019

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)—the largest annual gathering on women’s rights—ended yesterday with Agreed Conclusions that reaffirm states’ commitment to women’s human rights. IWHC welcomes the outcome as a significant achievement for women and girls worldwide.

IWHC to Honor Feminist Champions

  • March 21, 2019

IWHC will honor philanthropist and outgoing board chair Marlene Hess and Argentine activist Marta Alanis for their tireless commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights at its annual gala on April 10, 2019.

Congress: US Must Promote Women’s Rights at the UN

  • March 15, 2019

IWHC supports a set of letters sent by members of US Congress to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which urges the US delegation to the 2019 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women not to obstruct negotiations on women's sexual and reproductive rights.

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.

Françoise Girard to US Congress: Global Gag Rule Is Discriminatory and Dangerous

  • March 12, 2019

In March 2019, IWHC President Françoise Girard provided expert testimony before the US House Appropriations Committee on the devastating impact of the Global Gag Rule on the lives of women and girls around the world.