The International Women’s Health Coalition’s (IWHC) President Adrienne Germain was today named among the Women Deliver 100, the global advocacy organization’s list of the hundred most inspiring people who have improved the lives of women and girls.
The honor recognizes Germain’s 40 year commitment to the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as her ground-breaking work in prompting a “sea-change in global health priorities, bringing the health and rights of women front and center.”
“The work of these heroes is informed not just by boundless vision, but also by pragmatism,” said Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women in a written release. “They both understand and defy current power structures – and they will stop at nothing to make changes that improve the daily existence of women everywhere.”
Since her pioneering work for women’s equality in the 1970s and 80s with the Ford Foundation, including four years in Bangladesh as the Foundation’s country representative, Adrienne Germain has reshaped global policy on women’s health and human rights. A skilled strategist and negotiator on U.S. government delegations to world conferences on population, women, and development from 1993 to 2000, and again in 2009, she has helped revolutionize the way the world views population policy and funding by making women’s sexual and reproductive rights and health central. Under Ms. Germain’s leadership, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) has created international policy innovations, led global advocacy for sexual and reproductive rights and health, and helped strengthen local organizations in countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.