Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 15 May 2013The following joint letter was submitted by women's rights organizations to the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionFriday, 10 May 2013A new joint statement endorsed by leading human rights and development organizations calls for human rights be placed at the core of the new development agenda.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 21 March 2013
In the agreed conclusions of the 57th Commission on the Status of Women, which were finalized March15, 2013 at the United Nations in New York, UN Member States resoundingly committed to ending violence against women and girls, including strong agreements on promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and ensuring reproductive rights and access to sexual and reproductive health services.
Here is some of the media coverage of the negotiations:
Greeted with cheers, the agreed outcome document of the 57th CSW, which was announced on Friday evening, was hailed as an "important step" to end violence against women and girls.
After months of behind the scenes lobbying and two weeks of difficult negotiations in New York, the outcome document included strong agreements to promote gender equality, women's empowerment, and ensure women's reproductive rights and access to sexual and reproductive health services – an area of particular contention. It reaffirmed previous international agreements on women's rights, such as those made in Cairo in 1994.
Shannon Kowalski, director of advocacy and policy at the International Women’s Health Coalition, said the declaration was a victory for women and girls but could have gone further to recognize violence faced by lesbians and transgender people.
“Governments have agreed to take concrete steps to end violence,” she said. “For the first time, they agreed to make sure that women who have been raped can get critical health-care services, like emergency contraception and safe abortion.”
Earlier in the talks, Iran, Russia, the Vatican and others had threatened to derail the declaration with concerns about references such as access to emergency contraception, abortion and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, activists said.The final document approved Friday reaffirms that women and men have the right to enjoy all human rights “on an equal basis,” recommits governments to comprehensive sex education, calls for sexual and reproductive health services such as emergency contraception and safe abortion for victims of violence, and calls on government to criminalize violence against women and punish gender-related killings. But it dropped references to sexual orientation and gender identity.
“We did make gains,” said Francoise Girard, president of the New York-based International Women’s Health Coalition. “This is the first time we have an agreed document recognizing emergency contraception as a necessary service to preserve women’s health.”
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood sharply criticized an anticipated U.N. document on combatting violence against women, saying on Wednesday that it was "deceitful," clashed with Islamic principles and undermined family values.
In its strongly worded statement, the Brotherhood also decried the document's defense of homosexual rights, which are not recognized in Islam, and the equating between...Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 26 April 2012The international target of universal access to reproductive health is vital to the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to the effective implementation of population, health, and development policies. Attaining sexual and reproductive health and rights for all requires an essential policy package, which originated at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and remains relevant today.Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 26 April 2012Universal access to reproductive health is vital to the effective implementation of population, health and development policies and to the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This IWHC brief describes in practical terms the justification for and components of the essential policy and program package.Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 20 December 2010Each year, the International Women's Health Coalition issues the "Top Ten Wins for Women's Health and Rights."
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 22 April 2010April 22, 2010—The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) today lauded the introduction of the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010 in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11).Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 21 December 2009Each year, the International Women's Health Coalition issues the "Top Ten Wins for Women's Health and Rights."Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 15 October 2009
Every year, more than half a million women die and untold numbers suffer temporary or long-term disabilities from preventable pregnancy-related causes. Five complications account for the majority of maternal deaths worldwide. Read more in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 22 December 2008Each year, the International Women's Health Coalition issues the "Top Ten Wins for Women's Health and Rights."Results 1 - 10 of 244
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