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…

IWHC Statements on Universal Health Coverage at UN Multi-stakeholder Meeting

  • May 7, 2019

On April 29, 2019, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) submitted statements addressed to the Interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on Universal Health Care (UHC). In the statements, IWHC addresses three themes: (1) Universal Health Coverage as a driver for inclusive development and prosperity (2) Leave No One Behind - Universal Health Coverage as a commitment to equity (3) Multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder actions and investments in UHC

Connecting the Dots for Women and Girls in Nigeria

A new feminist institute led by IWHC’s grantee partner the International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights (INCRESE) seeks to empower young people to advocate for gender equality and human rights. In a recent interview, Dorothy Aken’Ova, INCRESE’s founder, sheds light on the institute—Connecting the Dots—which…

Crafting a New Policy at the UN? Unlikely Under New Nominee

  • May 3, 2019

The nomination of Kelly Knight Craft as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the United States’ waning global leadership. Craft is a political donor, not a seasoned diplomat, and if confirmed, she is expected to uphold the administration’s strategy of using the UN system to target the rights of women and girls.

Trump Administration Escalates War on Words at the UN

Last week the United States threatened to veto a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending sexual violence in conflict, forcing a last minute change to remove references to sexual and reproductive health services for survivors. The move represented a dangerous escalation of the Trump administration’s increasingly hardline stance at the United Nations by foisting its regressive agenda on the UN Security Council.

Laying the Groundwork for Victory: IWHC Honors Women’s Rights Visionaries

IWHC hosted its 2019 Annual Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental in New York on April 10 to honor fierce leaders championing the rights of women and girls.

Forced Birth; Ivanka Goes to Africa; and the UN Leadership Gap

The Trump administration undermines women's rights and access to sexual and reproductive health care at every turn. Stay up-to-date with the latest edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

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.