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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.


Photos: Thousands March for Abortion Rights in Argentina

Every year, September 28 is observed as a day for activists to take public action in their countries to advocate for access for safe and legal abortion. On September 29, 2014, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, we joined our partners — CDD-Argentina, CELS, and CEDES — and approximately 3,000 women, men, and children, for a march in front of the Argentine Congress to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would give women the right to an abortion, without exception, in the first trimester.

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Partner Profile: CREA

Founded in 2000, Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA) is now one of the few international women’s rights organizations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. The organization was established to explore issues of gender and sexuality from a human rights perspective and expand communication between countries in the Global South around these issues, and to foster a new generation of feminist leaders throughout the Global South.

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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


The New Normal for Brazilian Women’s Organizations

In a time when funding for women’s rights groups in Brazil has dried up, organizations are turning to online activism, public events, and art to continue their work.

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IWHC Letter to Brazilian Health Minister Dr. Alexandre Padilha Regarding Suspension of HIV Prevention Program

In June 2013, the Brazilian government abruptly suspended an HIV prevention campaign directed at sex workers and dismissed the head of the country’s HIV/AIDS department. This followed a similarly troubling move in 2011, when distribution of an anti-hom …

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Outrage Erupts in Argentina Over Brutal Murders of Women

Activists in Latin America are mobilizing and demanding action from policymakers to address gender-based violence after a recent rash of femicides.

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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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