On April 29, 2019, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) submitted statements addressed to the Interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on Universal Health Care (UHC). In the statements, IWHC addresses three themes: (1) Universal Health Coverage as a driver for inclusive development and prosperity (2) Leave No One Behind - Universal Health Coverage as a commitment to equity (3) Multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder actions and investments in UHC
IWHC spoke with our grantee partner Sama, a resource group based in India, about its work to improve maternal health and rights through research, fact finding, and advocacy. IWHC has funded and supported Sama since 2016, and we have partnered in global advocacy spaces for more than two decades.
Universal health coverage has the potential to provide financial protection against catastrophic health costs and out-of-pocket expenses, enhance access to and increase the availability of medication and services, and lead to improved health outcomes. However, to be truly universal, universal health coverage schemes must be designed in ways that address the specific needs of women, adolescents, and marginalized communities.
IWHC welcomes the reintroduction of the Global HER Act in the US Congress, and urges representatives and senators to protect women's rights and health by passing the bill.
IWHC welcomes the Kenyan government’s decision to lift the ban on abortions in Marie Stopes International clinics, and applauds the successful advocacy efforts of our grantee partner Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH).
House Democrats introduce a bill to reinstate reporting on reproductive rights, the White House receives a poor grade on sexual and reproductive health, and the administration nominates a new ambassador to the UN. This edition of Trumping Women's Rights Digest looks for accountability in the Trump-Pence administration's war on women.
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.
IWHC, together with more than 100 organizations, has outlined a coordinated policy vision of bold action, for the present and future, on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The vision statement is the first of its kind, and the first step in an unprecedented, collective effort to work towards policy change.
IWHC, together with more than 50 sexual and reproductive rights organizations, are calling for increased attention to human rights violations and threats to democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.