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.

New research: 2.1 Billion Girls & Women Live in Countries That Won’t Achieve Gender Equality Targets by 2030 at Current Pace

  • March 5, 2020

New research launched today finds that half of countries studied (67 out of 129 countries) – home to 2.1 billion girls and women – won’t achieve any of five key gender equality targets by 2030 if their current pace continues. The report, Bending the Curve Towards Gender Equality by 2030, was released by the Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) partnership and covers five key gender equality targets: access to contraception, girls’ education, political leadership, workplace equality laws, and safety. More than a third of countries have been moving slowly – or even in the wrong direction – on at least four of these five issues over the past decade or two.

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.

Global Women’s Health Under Attack, House Hearing Shows

  • February 5, 2020

On February 5, the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs hosted “Unique Challenges Women Face in Global Health,” a hearing that detailed the devastating consequences of the Trump administration’s policies on women’s health and rights worldwide.

The Ultimate Pairing

IWHC's data party in Accra, Ghana served as the backdrop for an engaging three-day dialogue about how the Global Gag Rule continues to wreak havoc on the lives of women and girls around the world.

Argentine President Snubs Women’s Rights on His Way Out the Door

As feminists in Argentina and worldwide celebrated the election of Alberto Fernandez, the Macri administration opted to use its final weeks in office to jeopardize women’s health in an attempt to score meaningless political points.