2019 Annual Dinner

April 10, 2019 | 6:30pm

Mandarin Oriental

New York

The International Women’s Health Coalition envisions a world where all women and girls can realize their human rights. We strengthen women’s organizations working at the local level and advocate alongside them at the global level to advance health and equality.

The IWHC 2019 Annual Dinner will recognize two champions for women and girls with the IWHC Visionary Leadership Award and the Joan B. Dunlop Award.

We count on supporters like you to help us reach our goal. Thank you!

Marta Alanis Champions Women's Rights in Argentina

Watch an exclusive extended cut of Marta's story which premiered at the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) Annual Dinner, where she was awarded the Joan B. Dunlop Award for her tireless activism to advance the health and rights of women and girls.

Thank you for your support! Gifts to IWHC help fund and support activists like Marta Alanis and IWHC's own advocacy to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and build a better future for women and girls everywhere.


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IWHC Visionary Leadership Award

Marlene Hess

IWHC Board Chair

Marlene Hess is the chair of the International Women’s Health Coalition. She is a board vice chair of the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller University and Lincoln Center Theater, and serves on the boards of the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Opera, and Sesame Street Workshop.

She is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on several of its task forces. Hess is a past member of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and of its Overseers’ Committee to Visit the College. She also served on the Capital Commitment Task Force of the New York City Partnership’s 9/11 Financial Recovery Fund to aid in the rebuilding of lower Manhattan.

Hess is the former Managing Director of Global Philanthropic Services at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. As the Director of Not-for-Profit Relations for Chase, she enhanced the bank’s philanthropic activities and formed extensive partnerships between corporate and non-profit sectors, including the award-winning “Child Vaccination Program” in collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund and the New York City Department of Health. Hess is a graduate and former trustee of Mills College, California.


Joan B. Dunlop Award

Marta Alanis


Marta Alanis is Catholic and feminist. 25 years ago, she founded Catholics for the Right to Decide (CDD) in Argentina. Marta spent five years in exile, during the dictatorship in Argentina. During this formative time, she was drawn to feminist activism through Catholicism learning from Ivone Gebara, a Brazilian Catholic nun, philosopher, and feminist theologian as well as the Nicaraguan Jesuit priests and brothers Ernesto and Fernando Cardenal.

Upon returning to Argentina, Marta started CDD-Argentina in Córdoba, the second largest city in Argentina and they have now expanded to Buenos Aires as well. Marta felt a strong need to promote the sexual and reproductive rights of Argentinian women from an ethical, theological, Catholic, and feminist perspective in collaboration with diverse local and regional social movements. In 2003, Marta helped to launch the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion, a national network of over 500 organizations, including human rights organizations, health providers, journalists, and trade unions that work on abortion rights through a human rights lens. This expansion of support for reproductive rights to other public and key strategic sectors has been pivotal in reshaping the movement for women’s rights in Argentina.


Awardees and IWHC experts may be available for interviews prior to the award. The dinner is open for press coverage to a limited number of journalists. For interview requests, to express interest in covering the event, or to request high-resolution images, please contact: [email protected].


For more information on sponsorship opportunities for the event, please contact Lindsey Amato, Development Officer, [email protected]