Feminists Defend Abortion Access Amid Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened abortion access, feminists worldwide have organized in defense.

US Unalienable Rights Commission Shouldn’t Cherry-Pick Rights

  • May 1, 2020

Don’t Use Religion to Justify Bias Against Women, LGBTQ People The US State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights should uphold international human rights commitments and not use freedom of religion as a cloak to permit violations of the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people, 167 leading human rights activists and groups…

IWHC Condemns US Decision to Halt WHO Funding

  • April 15, 2020

The Trump administration’s plan to stop funding the World Health Organization (WHO) is a reckless move with global consequences. As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinated global action is crucial. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) condemns the president’s decision.

UN Women Postpones Generation Equality Forums, Reaffirms Commitment to Women’s Rights

  • April 3, 2020

The Generation Equality Forums have been postponed until the first half of 2021 due to ongoing measures to combat COVID-19, UN Women announced today. IWHC welcomes the decision as a necessary step to prioritize global health and ensure the participation of feminist activists worldwide.

Sexual and Reproductive Health During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing gender inequalities and further reduced access to critical health services. As the virus continues to spread, we detail its impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Beijing+25: Latin American Feminists Secure Gains, Demand Progress

Latin American and Caribbean feminists and Member States, met in Santiago, Chile for the XIV Regional Conference on Women in January. The meeting was held months after its initial postponement due to demonstrations and protests in Chile, led by feminists and other activists in response to the country’s growing social and economic inequalities. 

Women’s Rights Caucus Issues Feminist Declaration Marking 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

  • March 9, 2020

IWHC joins more than 200 organizations in adopting the Feminist Declaration, that outlining the steps necessary to achieve gender equality.

Beijing+25: US Objections Can’t Stifle Progress in Asia-Pacific

The room was filled with anticipation as governments and women’s rights organizations gathered in the plenary hall at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to adopt the Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review.

Beijing+25: Young Feminists Set Agenda at Africa Regional Meeting

This blog is the second in our series on the Beijing+25 process, providing analysis on the first regional meeting that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 2019. Over the next few weeks, IWHC will continue the Beijing+25 series. Follow along, here. For young feminists navigating the United Nations, intergovernmental meetings…

Beijing+25: Building A Feminist Future at the United Nations

2020 could be a watershed moment for women’s rights and the global feminist movement as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—the groundbreaking document that committed governments worldwide to achieve gender equality. To celebrate the progress made and recommit to addressing the remaining gaps, the UN has launched Beijing+25—a drive for new commitments to gender equality—to finally make the vision of Beijing a reality.