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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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President Obama Puts Improving the Lives of Girls Worldwide on the Agenda

In his proposed fiscal year 2016 budget, President Obama has prioritized adolescent girls in a way we haven’t seen before.


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Despite Colorful Language on Rabbits, It’s More of the Same From the Vatican

In a provocative statement, Pope Francis said Catholics should not think they have to breed “like rabbits.”


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The Key to Youth-Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Reaching youth with sexual and reproductive health services is more than just handing out condoms.


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Context Matters in Advancing Adolescent Health

Enhancing access to sexual and reproductive health services for youth is not enough. We must also remove barriers to these services.


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