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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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At Today’s Girl Summit, We’re Working Together to End Child Marriage in a Generation

Today, IWHC is joining world leaders and NGO partners at the Girl Summit to commit to do all we can to end child marriage and female genital mutilation.

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Girl Summit Offers a Chance to Commit to Real Change for Women and Girls

On July 22, IWHC staff will join activists, community leaders, civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, and international organizations in London for Girl Summit 2014 to discuss how to end two of the most pressing human rights violations of our time: child, early, and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

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Negotiating Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

In a new article published by Global Health Policy, IWHC President Françoise Girard argues that the commitments made by governments 20 years ago at the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) can and must be fully reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Governments Commit to Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Youth advocates sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging him to protect and advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of youth—as outlined in the Colombo Declaration—in his report to Member States in late 2014.

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