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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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Latest News

As Europe Grapples with Refugee Crisis, Women’s Human Rights Cannot Be Neglected

As the continent struggles to address the unprecedented Syrian refugee crisis, it must ensure that women's human rights are at the core of its efforts.

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IWHC Applauds New Global Strategy to Improve the Lives of Girls

Today the State Department released the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, the first of its kind to focus on girls worldwide and the myriad challenges they face.

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Where’s the Money? Women’s Groups Face Dwindling Support

To really advance the well-being and rights of women and girls, funding local women's groups should be a global priority.

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Why the Next U.N. Secretary-General Must Be a Woman and a Feminist

In the early days of the United Nations, feminists recognized the UN as a venue where they could advance women’s rights. It's now time for a woman to take the helm.

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Our Top Wins in 2015

2015 was a momentous year for women—a year of impressive achievements but also extreme hardship. Here are our highlights for 2015.

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Empowering Girls Is Key to Sustainable Development

A recent panel at the Wilson Center discussed how achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda rests largely upon how successful the world is in advancing the rights of adolescent girls.

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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.

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Girl Summit DC Highlights Solutions to End Child Marriage Globally

Nearly 200 advocates, experts, and US government officials gathered at Girl Summit DC to discuss emerging research and effective strategies for ending child marriage.

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Women’s Groups Applaud UN Sustainable Development Goals

The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals truly meet the needs and consider the rights of women and girls.

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Global Development Plan Signals a Turning Point for Women and Girls

The commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights made in the Sustainable Development Goals reflect much of what is needed to ensure that all women and girls can lead full and healthy lives.

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Women’s Participation and Leadership are Critical to Achieving the 2030 Agenda

Women's full and effective participation in political, economic, and public life is essential to achieving gender equality; the 2030 Agenda holds great promise to achieve this goal.

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Can We End Child Marriage Once and for All?

The 2030 Agenda has committed to ending harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation. Governments must now examine the causes and consequences of these practices in order to face them head-on and eliminate them.

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2030 Agenda: What Does it Mean for the U.S.?

The U.S. has committed to achieve the 2030 Agenda domestically, but it also has an important role to play as a global leader in ensuring that this ambitious agenda stays true to its commitment to women and girls worldwide.

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Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Accessible for Everyone, Everywhere

Women's health and rights advocates will have to collaborate with the public sector to ensure the goals to ensure universal sexual and reproductive health care are achieved.

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How Do We Make the 2030 Agenda Meaningful for Adolescents and Youth?

Comprehensive sexuality education has demonstrated that when young people are educated about human rights, gender equality, and the role of power in relationships, they are better-equipped to make a safe, healthy transition to adulthood.

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U.S. House Urges Obama to Reinterpret Strict Abortion Rule

The letter emphasized that the overly restrictive interpretation of the Helms amendment remains a barrier between women and critical, often-lifesaving health care.

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A Real Victory for Women and Girls

After three years of intense debate and negotiations, governments agreed to a robust, 15-year agenda for global development that promises transformative change for women and girls all over the world.

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New Global Development Agenda a Victory for Women and Girls

A historic new agreement has the potential to be truly transformative for women and girls around the world.

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Obama’s Trip to Africa Marks a Turning Point for Adolescent Girls

President Obama's trip to Africa marked a turning point for his administration's work to improve the lives of adolescent girls.

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The United States Could Undermine Sustainable Development Agenda

As governments convene this week to finalize plans for the Sustainable Development Goals, actions by the United States and Canada threaten to derail progress.

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