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A Global Voice for Women and Girls

We advocate with governments and the United Nations to advance policies that will promote the health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls. We are known as a bold and independent force for sexual and reproductive rights. We bring women and young activists into the highest halls of power at the United Nations and in Washington, DC, to make their their voices heard. We have achieved a great deal, but our core challenge has stayed the same: to change thinking, redirect funding, and motivate action by people and institutions that can secure rights and health for women and girls.

 

Women, Girls, and Global Development

Sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and women's empowerment are essential for sustainable development. Efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve economic prosperity cannot succeed when women and adolescents, especially girls, are denied full rights and participation in society. IWHC and our partners are working with world leaders to ensure that governments prioritize the needs of women and young people in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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Human Rights Council Steps Up for Girls in Resolution to End Child Marriage

In a significant victory for girls around the world, the Human Rights Council adopted its first substantive resolution on ending child, early, and forced marriage.


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Girls Leading the Charge

There is “girl power” at the UN this week. While the halls of power are still filled with older men, young women are making their mark here, and beyond.


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Youth Make Their Voices Heard at UN Women’s Rights Conference

This March, youth advocates from around the world sent a message to their leaders: we will hold you accountable on gender equality.


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The S Word: What’s So Scary About Women’s Sexuality?

The idea that women should be able to control their sexuality and reproduction is still challenged around the world.


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