Prioritizing Gender in Universal Health Coverage

On September 23, governments committed to deliver universal health coverage to all by 2030. Despite strong commitments to gender equality and reproductive rights, negotiations for the declaration were repeatedly threatened by the United States and other ideologically driven actors.

A Shared Agenda: Exploring the Links Between WASH and Reproductive Health and Rights

  • July 17, 2019

Introduction Across the globe, too many people do not have access to adequate sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services. As a result, they cannot enjoy their sexual and reproductive rights over the course of their lives. Fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) positively impacts economic, educational and sustainable development outcomes…

Ultraconservative Marketing Ploy Attempts to Derail Gender Equality

In essence, “gender ideology” is nothing more than a right-wing marketing ploy—a dangerous conspiracy theory based on fear, not fact, that justifies discrimination against women and gender diverse people.

Blueprint Provides Roadmap to Achieve Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is proud to be a member of the Blueprint coalition and joins in the critical call on policymakers to fulfill the sexual and reproductive health needs of all people.

Trump Administration Pursues the Right to Discriminate

A Natural Right to Discriminate? The US State Department recently created the Commission on Unalienable Rights. The new body will advise Secretary of State Pompeo and “provide a fresh thinking on human rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation’s founding principles of natural law and natural rights.” Despite its innocuous name,…

Turning the Tide: IWHC’s 2018 Annual Report

  • June 20, 2019

For 35 years, the International Women’s Health Coalition has been a bold champion for sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. Even as we celebrate the progress we have made towards realizing women’s rights since 1984—we must also recognize that these same rights are under constant threat by leaders, governments, and other actors pushing policies…

Grantmaking Principles

In 2018, IWHC articulated our organizational values. One year later, we are hard at work to ensure that our grantmaking strategy aligns with these values. In this process we have asked ourselves how our grantmaking model builds and sustains feminist movements, and what principles we prioritize.

Explainer: What is the Global Gag Rule?

  • June 3, 2019

What is the Global Gag Rule? History of the Policy On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum reinstating the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule. As imposed by President Trump, the policy requires all foreign NGOs to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion…

IWHC Statements on Universal Health Coverage at WHA72

  • May 22, 2019

Alliance for Gender Equality and UHC Statement at WHA72 Thank you Chair. We co-convene, with Women in Global Health and Women Deliver, the 35-member Alliance for Gender Equality and UHC with members in 23 countries. The Alliance produced a 7th Ask adding to the 6 Asks from UHC2030. The headline calls for governments—and all stakeholders—to…

Care Denied; Human Rights Committee Reviews US; and New Leadership at the UN

Administration Promotes Refusals of Care In early May, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a new rule—Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care—expanding protections for health providers that deny care based on personal or religious beliefs—so-called “conscientious objection.” The new rule applies to all health care facilities…