IWHC condemns the absence of reproductive rights in the State Department’s annual Human Rights Reports, released today. The continued omission confirms that the Trump administration does not value women’s rights or health, and undermines US leadership on human rights.
As the world celebrated International Women’s Day, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Kelley Currie to ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. IWHC has serious concerns about the selection of Currie, a political appointee with no history of leadership on women’s rights or gender, by an administration that is in no position to lead on these issues.
Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights, the Deadly Global Gag Rules Comes Home, and Women’s “Empowerment”
Congress introduces a bill to enshrine reproductive rights as human rights while the administration moves to implement a dangerous Domestic Gag Rule and misses the mark on women's empowerment. All this and more in the latest edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.
IWHC applauds the introduction of the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act to US Congress. The bill would force the Trump administration to reinstate reporting on reproductive rights in the annual US State Department Human Rights Reports, which serve as a valuable tool for diplomats and advocates to hold governments accountable.
Can we finally end the Global Gag Rule? And, what does the latest turnover at the State Department mean for global sexual and reproductive health and rights? Find out in this edition of the Trumping Women’s Rights Digest.
The nomination of William P. Barr for US Attorney General continues the Trump-Pence administration’s trend of nominating ideologues to critical posts responsible for protecting the rule of law and civil rights. “Barr’s history of hostility toward women, immigrants, and people living with HIV and AIDS make him an unfit candidate for US Attorney General," said IWHC Director of Advocacy and Policy Shannon Kowalski.
The nomination of Heather Nauert as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the Trump administration’s regressive policies at the UN. “There is nothing in Nauert’s record to suggest that she would restrain the administration’s efforts to censor language or to undermine and remove UN commitments on gender equality, sexuality education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights,” Kowalski notes.
The Trump-Pence administration continues to gut global health, but human rights organizations are fighting back. This edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest looks at efforts to hold the administration to account, and details its continued attempts to undermine commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
IWHC is proud to join more than 100 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in outlining a bold, proactive vision for lawmakers to deliver on sexual and reproductive health and rights. This vision statement is phase one of an unprecedented, collective effort to work towards policy change in service of women and girls around the world.