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.


Reprolatina: Educating Brazil's Youth About Sexual Health and Rights

When Reprolatina arrived in Barro Alto, a city in Goiás State, Brazil, 40 percent of pregnancies were teen pregnancies, twice that of the national rate. The root of the problem quickly became evident: There was no sexuality education in schools and a lack of access to contraception. In this video, learn how Reprolatina tackled this problem and decreased the teen pregnancy rate to 10 percent in two years.

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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: Association pour la Promotion de l’Autonomie et des Droits de la Jeune Fille/Femme (APAD)

Formed in 2001, APAD is a youth-led organization based in Maruoa, Cameroon, whose membership and leadership consists entirely of survivors of early and forced marriage. APAD educates girls and communities about their human rights, including the right to choose whom and when to marry, and provides literacy and skills-building programs to empower survivors of early and forced marriage to be economically independent and lead autonomous lives.

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Latest News


Brazil’s Conservatives Attempt to Further Restrict Abortion

A bill pending before Brazil’s Congress could make it more difficult for rape victims to receive an abortion.

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Indigenous Youth Assert Their Human Rights in Mexico

Stories of discrimiation and abuse of indigenous people in Mexico and throughout Latin America are widespread. A recent workshop in Oaxaca is training indigenous youth to advocate for their rights.

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Guarding Abortion Rights Advances in Uruguay

In 2012, Uruguay passed a landmark law permitting abortion. Women’s activists–including IWHC partner Mujer y Salud en Uruguay–have been fighting to improve the law and fending off threats to it ever since.

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Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Accessible for Everyone, Everywhere

Women’s health and rights advocates will have to collaborate with the public sector to ensure the goals to ensure universal sexual and reproductive health care are achieved.

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