Commission Uses Religious Freedom to Justify Discrimination

The Commission on Unalienable Rights is a thinly veiled attempt to redefine human rights, prioritize religious freedom at the expense of other fundamental rights, and rollback decades of progress for women, LGBTQI people, and members of marginalized communities.

Commission on Unalienable Rights Is an Assault on Human Rights, IWHC Says

  • August 27, 2020

Full coverage of the Commission on Unalienable Rights available here. Today, the Commission on Unalienable Rights—an advisory body created by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—released its final report, which reconsiders the role of human rights in US foreign policy. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)…

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

Full coverage of the Commission on Unalienable Rights available here. 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…

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.

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IWHC Mourns Justice Ginsburg, Global Feminist Icon

  • September 21, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion for gender equality and a feminist icon to millions. She leaves a lasting legacy of fighting for justice, especially for those most marginalized. IWHC is proud to have fought alongside Justice Ginsburg to secure human rights for all.

Commission Uses Religious Freedom to Justify Discrimination

The Commission on Unalienable Rights is a thinly veiled attempt to redefine human rights, prioritize religious freedom at the expense of other fundamental rights, and rollback decades of progress for women, LGBTQI people, and members of marginalized communities.

Commission on Unalienable Rights Is an Assault on Human Rights, IWHC Says

  • August 27, 2020

Full coverage of the Commission on Unalienable Rights available here. Today, the Commission on Unalienable Rights—an advisory body created by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—released its final report, which reconsiders the role of human rights in US foreign policy. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)…

An Update from IWHC’s Board of Directors

  • August 19, 2020

On July 6, IWHC was informed of complaints from former and current employees about racism, bullying, intimidation, and a toxic work environment directed at Black women and women of color in our workplace. Since then, the Board has undertaken a number of actions. The following note serves as an update on the processes that are…

Board Statement on Institutional Racism at IWHC

  • July 27, 2020

In the last few weeks, former and current IWHC staff have come forward to share their experiences. They have spoken of racism, bullying, intimidation, and a toxic work environment. We, the IWHC Board, are shaken and deeply saddened by what we have learned. As leaders of this organization, we are committed to taking…