Our Mission and Vision
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. We advance this agenda by supporting and strengthening local leaders and organizations working within their communities and at the national and regional levels; by advocating for international policies, programs, and funding; and by seeking to influence U.S. policy on these matters.
We envision a world in which women and girls:
- have access to the information and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
- can make informed choices about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, and marriage, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence;
- are equally and effectively engaged in decisions that affect their sexual and reproductive rights and health; and
- lead movements working to advance sexual and reproductive rights and health.
Since our founding, we have helped build and strengthen nearly 80 organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. We have provided mentorship and more than $19 million in grants to women and youth advocates across these regions.
We are deeply committed to helping young women become the new champions of the global women’s movement. We give young feminists the tools and training they need to advocate effectively with their own governments and at the United Nations. Through our Advocacy in Practice workshops, we have supported more than 150 young activists from 54 countries to become leading advocates.
At the international level, we bring pioneering ideas to the forefront of negotiations on women’s rights and health. We play an active role at the United Nations and in Washington, DC, to promote policies and secure funding for effective programs. Our advocates have been instrumental in securing government commitments to sexual and reproductive rights and health—from the landmark population and development conference in Cairo in 1994 to the groundbreaking Montevideo Consensus in 2013.