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.
To fulfill women’s human rights, governments must invest in gender-inclusive social protection systems, quality public services, and sustainable infrastructure.
IWHC condemns the US Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the country’s highest court, and is gravely concerned about the impact of this decision on reproductive, LGBTQI, and human rights, both in the US and around the world.