The International Women’s Health Coalition is known as a bold and independent voice in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and health. For nearly three decades, IWHC has partnered with feminist groups and activists in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East to influence governments and UN agencies to secure the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls.
In 1994, IWHC was instrumental in mobilizing women worldwide to persuade 179 countries to adopt the standard-setting Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)—a document that, for the first time, placed women’s human rights at the center of population and health policies. Today, IWHC and its partners are respected advocates in key capitals, at the highest levels of the UN, and in other forums where policies are developed, global health budgets are approved, and programmatic decisions are made.
IWHC’s work is grounded in a commitment to human rights, gender equality, and social justice, and in the realities of its local civil society partners and their beneficiaries. Over the years, IWHC has provided mentorship and $18 million in grants to build 75 local women’s health and rights organizations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC now works closely with more than 50 such partner organizations in some 20 countries across these regions. The Coalition is a trusted intellectual and strategic partner to many key players in the global women’s movement. Directly and via its staff, IWHC brings the voices of women’s rights activists into the halls of power in the U.S., Europe, regional bodies, and the UN to influence policies and programs.