Governments Fall Short on Fulfilling Commitments to Women and Girls

At the UN's Commission on the Status of Women last month, governments missed the opportunity to to make concrete commitments to support the promises of the 2030 Agenda for women and girls.

What Do We Know about Gender and Power in Sexuality Education?

A discussion about what research on sexuality education tells us about the components of truly comprehensive and effective programs.

Putting Adolescent Girls at the Center of HIV Prevention Efforts

This week, as the international community marked World AIDS Day, the United States announced additional resources for a new initiative aimed at preventing infection among adolescent girls.

Reducing the Impact of HIV and Other Infectious Diseases on Women and Girls

Women and girls remain among the most affected by and most vulnerable to HIV, TB, and malaria.

CPD48 Joint Statement: Young People and Adolescents Must be Included in the Development Agenda

  • April 15, 2015

Written Statement jointly submitted by the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) at the 48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development. The International Women’s Health Coalition and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights welcome the opportunity to emphasize the importance of integrating…

Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau, Co-Founder of Education as a Vaccine

  • June 5, 2014

As the co-founder of Education as a Vaccine, a nonprofit organization based in Abuja, Nigeria, Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau is working to advance young Nigerians’ sexual health and rights through local, national, and international advocacy and peer-to-peer education campaigns.

Finding Innovative Solutions for Sexual Health in Brazil

  • November 20, 2013

IWHC works with Reprolatina in Brazil to educate young people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The results so far have been outstanding: In the town of Barro Alto in the state of Goiás, the number of adolescent girls giving birth has dropped from 40 percent in 2010 to 10 percent in 2012.

Graça Machel and Brian Brink On Women’s Health and Rights

  • November 15, 2013

At our 2009 gala, we honored renowned activist Graça Machel for her leadership in advancing human rights, particularly for women and young people. IWHC Board Chair Brian Brink sat down with Machel to talk about actions that individuals, organizations like IWHC, and governments can take on behalf of girls and women worldwide, particularly during a…

Partner: Girls’ Power Initiative

  • November 14, 2013

Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) began in 1993 as a life skills education course for 16 girls, including the daughters of founders Grace Osakue and Bene Madunagu. Twenty years later, GPI is now active in four Nigerian states, reaches approximately 20,000 girls between the ages of 10 and 18, and is now an international model for…

Partner: African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

  • November 14, 2013

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, FEMNET is a pan-African, membership-based organization working to advance women’s rights in five key areas: leadership and governance, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), women in the media, and institutional strengthening of women’s rights groups. With its SRHR work, FEMNET is working to influence national legal and policy…