Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Largest UN Meeting on Women

  • March 12, 2018

As women worldwide clamor for equality, IWHC joins a broad coalition of partner organizations in pushing a feminist agenda at the Commission on the Status of Women, the largest annual UN gathering focused on gender equality and women’s rights.

Going Rural: The Case for Access to Reproductive Health Care

In the run-up to this year's Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC looks at the unique challenges facing women and girls in rural areas, who are often unable to access quality sexual and reproductive health care services.

UN Women Report on Gender Equality and the SDGs Reveals Troubling Reality

This long-awaited report exposes the major gaps in current data about what works for women and girls, particularly those who are most marginalized. Here are four critical actions that governments, NGOs, and researchers must take to achieve gender equality in the 2030 Agenda.

Keeping UNICEF’s Promise to Girls: 5 Key Actions for New UNICEF Director

In this challenging environment, strong leadership of the UN organization charged with promoting the human rights and well-being of every child is particularly vital. As Henrietta H. Fore steps into her new role, IWHC offers five priorities for her first term.

EVA Empowers Nigerian Youth to Own Their Future

  • November 8, 2017

Since its founding, Education as a Vaccine (EVA), an IWHC partner based in Nigeria, has reached some 720,000 individuals through its youth-centered programs on sexual and reproductive health. IWHC recently sat down with Olabukunola Williams, EVA's new Executive Director, to discuss the organization's strategies for success.

International Day of the Girl: Five Years of Wins for Girls Worldwide

On International Day of the Girl Child, we look back at five years of progress for girls health and rights worldwide.

IWHC Welcomes New Executive Director of UN Population Fund

  • October 3, 2017

At a time when sexual and reproductive health and rights are under threat globally, Dr. Kanem’s experience and commitment to women’s rights are especially critical. UNFPA is the largest international provider of contraceptives and other family planning services, and a vital player in the furthering the gender equality component of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Policymakers Struggle to Estimate Scale of Key Problems Faced by Girls and Women—New Survey Reveals

  • September 20, 2017

The results of a new Equal Measures 2030 survey raise concerns about the ability of policymakers to adequately use data to promote and achieve the gender equality initiatives of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Top Five Priorities for New USAID Administrator Mark Green

Mark Green takes office as Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) at a particularly precarious moment, as the Trump Administration seeks to slash foreign assistance and development programs. Women’s and girls’ health and rights look set to be among the biggest casualties.

How Did Gender Equality Fare at the UN’s High-Level Political Forum 2017?

After intense negotiations, countries adopted a Ministerial Declaration that reaffirmed their commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and asserted that gender equality is essential to do so. However, the declaration stopped short of a robust commitment to women's human rights.