In 2018, IWHC articulated our organizational values. One year later, we are hard at work to ensure that our grantmaking strategy aligns with these values. In this process we have asked ourselves how our grantmaking model builds and sustains feminist movements, and what principles we prioritize.
In March 2019, IWHC President Françoise Girard provided expert testimony before the US House Appropriations Committee on the devastating impact of the Global Gag Rule on the lives of women and girls around the world.
IWHC welcomes the reintroduction of the Global HER Act in the US Congress, and urges representatives and senators to protect women's rights and health by passing the bill.
Refusal of care is quickly becoming a battleground issue for the abortion rights movement and was a main topic of discussion at the recent Abortion and Reproductive Justice Conference in South Africa. Reclaiming the concept of conscience in reproductive health is crucial to combating this dangerous and unethical practice.
IWHC recently launched a new research project to study the impacts of the Trump Administration's "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" policy in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Based on the early findings of this project, IWHC submitted comments to the US government and participated in a six-month review on Capitol Hill.
IWHC, together with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), hosted a webinar on the early impacts of the Global Gag Rule, which withholds US foreign aid from groups that provide abortion information, services or referrals. The webinar is based on findings presented at a Congressional briefing in October, six months after the Trump Administration rolled out the policy.
Providing comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents can help combat the surge of sexual and gender-based violence in South Africa.