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Strengthening Partnerships: From Local to Global

We make grants and provide professional support to community organizations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America. These partner groups operate programs that serve thousands of women and young people in their own communities. We help our partners advocate with their governments to secure the policies and funding needed to build healthy and safe communities. Since our founding, we have helped build and strengthen nearly 80 grassroots organizations in more than 20 countries. The experiences and expertise of our partners informs our advocacy at the global level.


Finding Innovative Solutions for Sexual Health in Brazil

In Brazil, our partner Reprolatina works to educate young people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Reprolatina reaches youth directly in local communities and online through social media and its website, Living Adolescence, which receives an average of 2,000 visits every day and has been endorsed by Brazil’s Ministry of Health.

Reprolatina also collaborates with health centers and public schools in towns near mining sites throughout Brazil. In one such town, Barro Alto, the number of adolescent girls giving birth dropped from 40 percent to 10 percent.

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Partner Profile: CommonHealth

IWHC collaborates with CommonHealth to ensure that women and children have access to quality health care across India. With our financial and technical support, CommonHealth mobilizes citizens and works with health care providers, researchers, and policymakers to improve maternal-neonatal health care.

Through its wide network of medical practitioners, CommonHealth pairs experienced professionals as informal mentors with up-and-coming leaders.

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Partner Profile: Action Health, Inc.

Founded in Lagos in 1989 and supported by IWHC since 1990, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents in Nigeria. Over the last 24 years, AHI has advanced efforts within private and public sector programs to include comprehensive, gender-sensitive, life skills and rights-based approaches to sexuality education, and clinical services for young people.

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Latest News


Mexico’s Slow Reproductive Rights Advances

The state of Tlaxcala recently passed an amendment expanding the exceptions in which abortion is permitted. This is good news, but only one step in Mexico’s journey to meeting women’s reproductive rights.

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IWHC to Advise Consortium Promoting Safe Abortion In Latin America

As part of the Advisory Committee of CLACAI, IWHC hopes to step up progress in the region on women’s sexual and reproductive rights.

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Brazil Marks International Women’s Day with Law on Gender-Based Violence

Brazil recently approved legislation that imposes harsher penalties for harming or killing women, a crime referred to as “femicide.”

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Our Top Wins in 2014

Every January, we like to take stock of the gains we’ve made to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls around the world. Last year was a difficult. But we also saw reasons for optimism.

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