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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
At a time when the world is coming to grips with the entrenched discrimination, violence, and restrictions faced by women, this year's outcome at the Commission on the Status of Women makes clear that governments are starting to heed the call for justice.
Trump's pick to head the US State Department has an abysmal record on women’s health and LGBTQ rights, and joins a long list of ultra-conservative ideologues who have been elevated to powerful positions under the current administration.