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POWER LESSONS: Women's Advocacy and the 2030 Agenda

March 16, 2017

In September 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Comprised of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets, the "2030 Agenda" tackles a range of global challenges, including eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities, addressing climate change and promoting peace. If implemented successfully, this new agenda could transform the lives of women and girls all over the world.

Reform of Abortion Law in Uruguay: Context, Process and Lessons Learned

December 8, 2016

In October 2012, a new law was approved in Uruguay that allows abortion on demand during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, 14 weeks in the case of rape, and without a time limit when the woman's health is at risk or in the case of foetal anomalies. This paper analyses this legal reform. It is based on 27 individual and group interviews with key informants, and on review of primary documents and the literature. The factors explaining the reform include: secular values in society, favourable public opinion, a persistent feminist movement, effective coalition building, particular party politics, and a vocal public health sector. The content of the new law reflects the tensions between a feminist perspective of women's rights and public health arguments that stop short of fully recognizing women's autonomy. The Uruguayan reform shows that, even in Latin America, abortion can be addressed politically without electoral cost to the parties that promote it. On the other hand, the prevailing public health rationale and conditionalities built into the law during the negotiation process resulted in a law that cannot be interpreted as a full recognition of women's rights, but rather as a modified protectionist approach that circumscribes women's autonomy.

Abortus Interruptus: Política y la reforma legal del aborto en Uruguay

November 7, 2016

Abortus interruptus es una sistematización y un análisis riguroso realizado por dos investigadores que aportan una mirada "externa" al Uruguay. Corrêa y Pecheny examinan el proceso político para la reforma legal del aborto en Uruguay con el propósito de identificar los alcances, tensiones y limitaciones de la ley 18.987 aprobada en octubre de 2012. La hipótesis de interpretación es que la reforma se inscribe en una tradición tutelar del Estado uruguayo, tutela que no desaparece con la ley pero sí que cambia notablemente su contenido: de una tutela represiva a una tutela sanitaria que reconoce derechos.

International Women's Health Coalition 2015 Annual Report

May 26, 2016

The year 2015 may go down as a defining moment for women and girls everywhere. After three years of intense debate and negotiations, 193 governments adopted the most comprehensive agenda ever for global sustainable development at the UN General Assembly in September 2015. To be carried out over the next 15 years, the "2030 Agenda" sets out 17 goals, which encompass everything from ending hunger to improving health, promoting peace, and advancing clean energy.If carried out successfully, this blueprint for sustainable development could transform the lives of women and girls all over the world.The International Women's Health Coalition, a lead partner of a coalition of organizations called the Women's Major Group, was deeply involved every step of the way. We wanted to ensure gender equality and women's rights were at the core of the new agenda. We were met by opposition by those who didn't believe our concerns were priorities, but we held firm throughout. We would not be sidelined; our voices would be heard.In the end, our work paid off. Thanks to the perseverance and dedication of IWHC and other women's advocates, we won impressive and detailed commitments to advance gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Can Sexuality Education Advance Gender Equality and Strengthen Education Overall? Learning from Nigeria's Family Life and HIV Education Program

October 15, 2015

The imperative to prepare the largest generation of young people in history for adulthood has driven a search for fresh approaches to educating adolescents about their bodies and sexuality. Recently, there have been calls among health experts and educators for a comprehensive, integrated approach to sexuality education that addresses not only health issues such as HIV and pregnancy, but also helps to achieve broader outcomes such as ensuring gender equality, increasing access to education for girls, and improving the quality of education overall. Considerable international attention has been paid to the Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE) program in Nigeria. While the program does not formally aim to achieve broader development goals, nongovernmental organizations in some states have effectively brought a strong commitment to gender equality into local FLHE programs.This report synthesizes a two-tiered review of the FLHE program. It draws both on a formal case study examining effects of the training on teacher attitudes and practices and on a wider, more informal program analysis. The findings from both resonate with each other and are synthesized in this report.

International Women's Health Coalition 2013 Annual Report

June 2, 2014

Since 1984, the International Women's Health Coalition has been at the forefront of the global fight for women's and girls' health and human rights. We began by investing in like-minded women leaders and their organizations around the world, supporting them to build just, healthy, and safe communities. We leverage the ideas and innovative programs of our local partners to influence international policies, programs, and budgets. In this way, our local investments have exponential impact.Over time, we have helped build and strengthen more than 80 local organizations in 25 countries through mentorship, technical support, and more than $20 million in grants. These partnerships are the backbone of the International Women's Health Coalition.

International Women's Health Coalition 2012 Annual Report

June 3, 2013

The International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC advances this agenda by supporting and strengthening local leaders and organizations, advocating for international policies, programs, and funding, and influencing U.S. policy on these matters.