Seventy-three years ago, delegates from around the world gathered in San Francisco to sign the UN Charter. Today, the UN remains the centerpiece of the international system, and a key site for advancing women’s rights.
In a further blow to gender equality, new reports indicate the Trump administration is working strategically to withhold and restrict funding for United Nations organizations that protect the human rights of women and girls.
In advance of International Safe Abortion Day, IWHC joined more than 220 organizations calling on the UN Human Rights Council to condemn attacks on abortion rights defenders and to urgently address the human rights violations arising from the denial of comprehensive abortion care.
Global Partnership Unveils New Tool to Track Progress for Girls and Women Ahead of Women Foreign Ministers Meeting in Canada
Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) is a global civil society and private sector led partnership with the mission of fueling progress towards gender equality by making sure girls’ and women’s movements, advocates and decision makers have easy-to-use data and evidence to guide efforts to reach the Global Goals by 2030 and leave no one behind. The EM2030 SDG Gender Index provides a comprehensive measure of overall progress towards gender equality that is aligned to the SDGs.
Throughout his tenure as the UN's top human rights official, High Commissioner Zeid has never wavered in his commitment to women’s autonomy and gender equality. From El Salvador to Saudi Arabia, he has argued for the rights of women and girls while celebrating the resiliency and achievements of women advocates.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is a bold and tireless advocate for women's rights. Throughout his tenure he has reminded the world that it is women and girls that experience the gravest human rights abuses. High Commissioner Zeid is the recipient of the 2018 IWHC Visionary Leadership Award.
On September 1, Michelle Bachelet will take over one of the hardest jobs in the world—UN high commissioner for human rights. Bachelet now has the singular opportunity to take the necessary actions to ensure that human rights continue to be respected, protected, and fulfilled in their entirety.
Despite the fact that 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, menstruation remains shrouded in silence and taboos. Women and girls need access to comprehensive, accurate information about their bodies and rights, and dedicated, integrated services in order to menstruate in dignity.
For girls and women globally, access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is critical for their sexual and reproductive health and for gender equality. Girls’ inability to manage their menstrual health, compromises their ability to complete their educations and navigate other aspects of their lives.1 Lack of access to clean water can have significant…
A group of 18 human rights organizations, including the International Women’s Health Coalition, responded to a letter from US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, blaming these groups for the US decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. IWHC is deeply committed to ensuring the health and rights of women and girls…