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.
From the state of abortion rights to the Global Gag Rule, IWHC looks back on the blogs that rose to the top in a year of perilous policies countered by a tenacious women's movement.
IWHC and our many local partners are not afraid to conduct hard-hitting advocacy to defend girls’ rights and hold leaders accountable to their promises.
Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) empowers young people, protects human rights, and addresses gender norms and gender equality. This kind of empowerment approach—which enables girls and other marginalized young people to see themselves as equals and to protect their own health—is gaining traction in some countries. CSE that incorporates gender, power, and rights is more likely…
To end AIDS, we must challenge dangerous gender norms that encourage sexual violence, sexism, and homophobic hatred, and deepen our investment in comprehensive sexuality education.
The next administration must build on the progress made and prioritize sexual and reproductive health and rights in both domestic and foreign policy.
At last week's Girl Summit DC, more than 150 advocates, program experts, and government officials gathered to discuss what the next US administration needs to do to build on progress for adolescent girls.
Victorine (pictured, left) is from a small, farming village in northwest Cameroon. Few girls there go to school, and those who do are usually pulled out before they graduate and are married off before they turn 18. But Victorine has different plans for her future. She wants to be a lawyer. Victorine is…
Here are some snapshots from the week-long conference—some of the speakers and activists from inside the convention halls and the protests outside who helped ensure the world keeps its focus on ending AIDS. Read more about the 21st International AIDS Conference >> Meet four dynamic women activists who attended the conference >>…
How a 10-year strategy used comprehensive sexuality education to halve the teen pregnancy rate in the UK.