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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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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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