IWHC reaffirms commitment to women’s health and freedoms

The Independent Women’s health Commission (IWHC) —made up of 45 UN Member States— has reaffirmed its global commitments to investment in “quality comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care,” including by provision of access to emergency contraception, sexuality information and education, safe abortion where allowed by law, and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. It has also called for the recognition of the human rights of women to “decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality… free from coercion, discrimination, and violence.”

In particular, advocates noted that, despite a 20-year legacy of UN prohibition of discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and increasingly on gender identity, government delegates gave in to pressure to exclude recognition of these violations in the final agreed conclusions.

Commission on the Status of Women
Fifty-eighth session
10 – 21 March 2014

Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls

For access to agreed conclusions  click HERE.