We are a passionate group of professionals based in New York and Washington, DC, that envisions a world where all women and girls are free to make their own choices about their life and health—free of violence, discrimination, and coercion. We have a diverse staff who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our issues. From supporting community-based programs in countries like Cameroon and Uruguay to advocating with government officials at the United Nations, our impact is both immediate and long-lasting.
IWHC President Francoise Girard meets with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Shannon Kowalski, Director of Advocacy and Policy (left), at the 2014 Feminist Strategy Meeting.
IWHC Program Associate Shena Cavallo (second from left) with (from left to right) Rosângela Aparecida Talib, Regina Soares Jurkewicz, Maria José "Zeca" Rosado Nunes, and Yury Puello Orozco of Catholics for the Right to Decide - Brazil.
IWHC President Françoise Girard with Dr. John Nyamu, Executive Director of Reproductive Health Services in Nairobi, Kenya.
IWHC staff at our 2015 annual dinner in New York City.
Nina Besser, Program Officer for U.S. Foreign Policy, leads a group discussion during the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women Advocacy in Practice workshop.
Saida Ali (left) and IWHC President Françoise Girard (center) with Gita Sen of DAWN at a panel discussion during the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women.
We are passionate and tenacious professionals who, together with our international Board of visionaries and leaders, work with hundreds of partners worldwide to advance the health and rights of women and girls.
We leverage our work in two very different but critically linked worlds: international policy and local capacity.
We work to make every woman's right to a just and healthy life a global reality.