UN Women Postpones Generation Equality Forums, Reaffirms Commitment to Women’s Rights

  • April 3, 2020

The Generation Equality Forums have been postponed until the first half of 2021 due to ongoing measures to combat COVID-19, UN Women announced today. IWHC welcomes the decision as a necessary step to prioritize global health and ensure the participation of feminist activists worldwide.

Beijing+25: Latin American Feminists Secure Gains, Demand Progress

Latin American and Caribbean feminists and Member States, met in Santiago, Chile for the XIV Regional Conference on Women in January. The meeting was held months after its initial postponement due to demonstrations and protests in Chile, led by feminists and other activists in response to the country’s growing social and economic inequalities. 

Women’s Rights Caucus Issues Feminist Declaration Marking 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

  • March 9, 2020

IWHC joins more than 200 organizations in adopting the Feminist Declaration, that outlining the steps necessary to achieve gender equality.

New research: 2.1 Billion Girls & Women Live in Countries That Won’t Achieve Gender Equality Targets by 2030 at Current Pace

  • March 5, 2020

New research launched today finds that half of countries studied (67 out of 129 countries) – home to 2.1 billion girls and women – won’t achieve any of five key gender equality targets by 2030 if their current pace continues. The report, Bending the Curve Towards Gender Equality by 2030, was released by the Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) partnership and covers five key gender equality targets: access to contraception, girls’ education, political leadership, workplace equality laws, and safety. More than a third of countries have been moving slowly – or even in the wrong direction – on at least four of these five issues over the past decade or two.

Beijing+25: US Objections Can’t Stifle Progress in Asia-Pacific

The room was filled with anticipation as governments and women’s rights organizations gathered in the plenary hall at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to adopt the Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review.

Beijing+25: Young Feminists Set Agenda at Africa Regional Meeting

This blog is the second in our series on the Beijing+25 process, providing analysis on the first regional meeting that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 2019. Over the next few weeks, IWHC will continue the Beijing+25 series. Follow along, here. For young feminists navigating the United Nations, intergovernmental meetings…

Beijing+25: Building A Feminist Future at the United Nations

2020 could be a watershed moment for women’s rights and the global feminist movement as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—the groundbreaking document that committed governments worldwide to achieve gender equality. To celebrate the progress made and recommit to addressing the remaining gaps, the UN has launched Beijing+25—a drive for new commitments to gender equality—to finally make the vision of Beijing a reality.

Reflections On 35 Years of Fierce Feminism

Since 1984, IWHC’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights has ignited unprecedented progress for women and girls around the world. IWHC has been at the forefront of key milestones for the global feminist movement, and has advocated fearlessly to expand reproductive autonomy worldwide.

Sama Pushes for Progress on Maternal Health and Rights in India

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.

US Increases Attacks on Global Abortion Access

  • March 26, 2019

Today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new expansion to the Global Gag Rule and invoked the Siljander amendment, placing additional restrictions on funding to multilateral institutions. IWHC unequivocally condemns the administration’s latest attempts to isolate, stigmatize, and marginalize groups working to ensure that women have access to abortion services.