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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Commission on the Status of Women is the largest annual gathering for women's rights worldwide. This year, nearly 10,000 advocates will join UN Member States in New York to assess progress, discuss challenges, and identify opportunities to advance gender equality.
As the world celebrated International Women’s Day, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Kelley Currie to ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. IWHC has serious concerns about the selection of Currie, a political appointee with no history of leadership on women’s rights or gender, by an administration that is in no position to lead on these issues.
IWHC applauds the introduction of the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act to US Congress. The bill would force the Trump administration to reinstate reporting on reproductive rights in the annual US State Department Human Rights Reports, which serve as a valuable tool for diplomats and advocates to hold governments accountable.