The Trump administration's decision to leave the Council is both extremely disappointing and entirely predictable, when viewed in concert with the president’s isolationist, “America First” foreign policy and disregard for human rights.
Trump's pick to helm US State Department offices tasked with protecting refugees and victims of conflict is an anti-immigrant hardliner and ideologue. In light of the abusive US border policies enacted in recent weeks, this appointment represents yet another step away from fundamental standards of human rights.
In countries around the world, women’s reproductive health and rights are being threatened by conservative or authoritarian leaders who are pushing policies that deny women and girls control of their own bodies. These hostile environments to women’s rights need to be challenged with resistance, determination, and strategic action. Together with our supporters, we are rising up to meet attacks on women’s rights, powering up grantee partners with funding and technical assistance, and building up young advocates whose voices can transform the future.
Here at IWHC, we’ve been able to respond quickly to sustained attacks against the rights of women and girls because we’ve been leading the field in the international feminist women’s health movement for 35 years.
Year One of Trump’s Global Gag Rule Creates Deadly Mix of Confusion, Stigma, and Health Service Fragmentation
One year after its implementation, the Trump administration’s Global Gag Rule is causing profound structural shifts that threaten the health of millions, particularly vulnerable women and girls, according to a new IWHC report.
President Trump's expanded Global Gag Rule, announced during his first week in office, is harming the most vulnerable populations, threatens progress towards integrated health systems, and is causing long-lasting damage to civil society. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is documenting the effects of the Policy's restrictions on civil society, the political climate, and women and girls, alongside grantee partners in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. To date, IWHC and partners have conducted 59 interviews with civil society organizations, health service providers, anti-abortion groups, and government agencies across the three project countries.
Background On January 23, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum stating that any foreign non-governmental organization that takes US global health funds must certify that they do not engage in abortion-related activities, including providing abortion services, counseling or referrals. The Global Gag Rule applies to what organizations do with their own, non-US government funds,…
Monica Oguttu, the 2018 recipient of the Joan B. Dunlop Award, leads the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), an IWHC grantee partner organization that provides comprehensive reproductive health services, and advocates for the rights of women and girls in Kenya.
After three failures in four years, governments now face a choice: seriously invest the political capital needed to make the CPD a success, or ensure other venues and forums take up and integrate review of the ICPD Agenda into their work.
By Removing Reproductive Rights, State Department Sets a Dangerous Precedent in US Human Rights Reports
The US State Department's recently released Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 were edited to reflect the Trump administration’s disregard for reproductive rights by eliminating comprehensive reporting on these issues. This sends the unmistakable signal that violations of reproductive rights do not matter.
IWHC strongly urges the US Senate to reject the nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. Pompeo, currently the CIA Director, has a history of promoting bigotry and undermining human rights, including the rights of women and LGBTQ individuals.