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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


#HelmsHurts: How the U.S. Continues to Deny Critical Health Care to Women in War Zones

The U.S. Helms amendment stands between women raped in war zones and the health care they need.

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20 Years After Beijing, a Call to Action to End Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence affects us all, but women in conflict zones face a particular threat. 

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How Far Have Women Come Since 1995?

The 20th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women provides an opportunity for governments to take a close look at the status of women in their countries.

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UN Panel Offers Stepping Stones Toward Ending Child Marriage

On September 5, the UN General Assembly hosted its first-ever panel discussion focused on ending child, early, and forced marriage.

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