Statement for the Commission on the Status of Women 65

  • October 28, 2020

Theme: Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in political, economic, and public life is essential to achieving gender equality, which in turn cannot be achieved…

The UN at 75: How Feminist Advocacy Shapes Global Policy

The United Nations demonstrates not only the power of collective action, but also the centrality of feminist movements in building a more peaceful, just, and equal world for us all. 

IWHC Urges Senate to Reject Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination to US Supreme Court

  • September 26, 2020

Amy Coney Barrett is an extreme ideologue that, if confirmed, will threaten decades of progress on human rights and gender justice.

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.