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December 21, 2007
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S HEALTH COALITION ANNOUNCES TOP TEN WINS FOR WOMEN IN 2007
Key Developments Offer Breakthroughs in Women's Health and Rights:
Major Opportunities Ahead in 2008
December 21, 2008, New York, NY - Women's health was a priority concern in
2007, as global donors, international agencies, and influential private
foundations realized that investing in women's health is investing in
New gender policies set by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis,
and Malaria and UNAIDS top the list. These policies encourage direct
investment in programs and policies to help girls and women prevent the
spread of HIV. This year, Mexico City became the largest city in Latin
American to legalize abortion, offering 1,500 safe abortions within the
first 100 days of the new law's passage. In many communities, women
leaders-many supported by the International Women's Health Coalition
(IWHC)-came together to speak in unison against the most damaging forms
of violence and injustice. Other winning developments:
The top ten list was compiled by the International
Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) policy and program experts who work in
Africa, Asia and Latin America and monitor emerging developments in
sexual and reproductive health and rights. For the complete list and
more information about how IWHC and its partners worldwide are working
to achieve even greater progress in 2008, please click here .
Global Donors pledged new funds to prevent maternal
deaths, including $1 billion over ten years from Norway, $175 million
over three years from the Netherlands, and $200 million over five years
from the United Kingdom.
Two new reviews of "abstinence-only" sex education by
Mathematica Policy Research and the U.S. Institute of Medicine found no
evidence of the effectiveness of this approach in preventing pregnancy
or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
The Nigerian Parliament rejected an anti-gay bill,
citing concerns over possible human rights violations and recognizing
its encouragement of far-reaching discrimination on the basis of sexual
Several states, including Connecticut, Oregon, and
Colorado mandated hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, to inform
sexual assault survivors about emergency contraception (EC) and make it
available upon request.
New Hampshire became the first U.S. state to repeal a
parental notification law for abortion; Alaska followed suit finding a
similar law unconstitutional.
Faced with an estimated 2.5 million HIV cases,
India's national government launched twice weekly sex education classes
for students ages 14 to 18; a win even at the federal level although
some states are resisting the curriculum's implementation.
Oregon will join 26 other states in requiring that
health insurance plans include contraceptives in prescription drug
coverage as of Jan. 1, 2008.
Women-initiated HIV-prevention advanced with the
development of a new female condom and more funding going toward