Since 1984, the International Women’s Health Coalition has taken courageous stands and achieved political victories for women and girls globally and in local communities.
A just and sustainable* world where all people, regardless of gender, enjoy their human rights and health, and have power over their lives.
*A world that balances economic, environmental, and social dimensions to ensure every person is able to enjoy their human rights and dignity equitably without compromising quality and availability of finite resources in the future.
In order to achieve gender justice,** IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and adolescent girls, by:
- Funding and supporting feminist leaders, organizations, and movements, primarily in the Global South.
- Advocating for international and US policies, programs, and funding, and holding governments to their commitments.
- Generating knowledge and leading dialogues on critical and emergent issues.
**Transforming political, cultural, legal, and economic systems and structures to support the dignity and self-determination of all, through the explicit lens of gender, gender identity or expression, and expression of sexuality.
The staff and board of the International Women’s Health Coalition decided to explicitly name a set of enduring values that have guided and motivated our engagement on women’s health and rights. We consulted grantee partners, sister organizations, and donors to understand how they experience us and our work. We reflected intensively and collectively on IWHC’s 35-year history as an advocacy, grantmaking, and intellectual leadership organization, our role in global and national women’s movements, our track record of achievement, the challenges we face, and our ongoing aspirations. The following seven values are the result of this reflection.
We take pride in the quality and integrity of our work and the transformational impact it has on the lives of women and girls. We ground our expertise in evidence, cross-cultural competency, and intentional listening. We challenge ourselves to ongoing learning and to holding ourselves accountable.
We recognize that all forms of oppression are connected, and that women and girls experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination based on their identities, realities, and unequal access to power and resources. We believe that we must challenge patriarchal systems in order to end misogyny and achieve equality and justice.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We amplify and celebrate the voices and realities of people with less power and place them at the center of our work. We commit to creating an environment of inclusion, support, and belonging.
Generosity of Spirit
We bring our best selves and intentions to our work and show compassion and appreciation for each other. We work collectively to ensure that we all have what we need to thrive.
We foster and maintain relationships and partnerships based on respect, honesty, and transparency. We rely on each other’s word and have each other’s best interests at heart.
We uphold the rights of all individuals to make decisions and have control over their bodies and lives. We respect our partners’ independence and trust them to set their own agendas and define their own strategies, just as we do.
We invest in collective action to drive sustainable social change. As feminists and activists, we are more effective, strategic, and powerful when we work together in solidarity.