ABOUT THE EVENT
For 35 years, the International Women’s Health Coalition has been a leading global advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights. We strive to build a world in which every woman and girl has the right to control her body and define her future.
The IWHC Annual Dinner was scheduled to take place on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year. Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, IWHC has decided to cancel this event. However, we still need your support.
Women are uniquely impacted in times of crisis, including public health crises. It is critical that we ensure access to health care, protect human rights, and hold governments accountable during and after this pandemic.
We want to thank this year's honorees for their ongoing work: Jessica Houssian and Jess Tomlin, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of the Equality Fund and Noelene Nabulivou, Founder of Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality, Fiji.
IWHC's Annual Dinner accounts for more than 50% of our fundraising from individual contributors this year. The loss of these funds can affect our ability to maintain the grantmaking and advocacy programs that our grantees rely on.
We count on supporters like you to help us reach our goal. Thank you!
Gifts to IWHC help fund and support activists like Noelene Nabulivou as well as IWHC's own advocacy and grantmaking to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls everywhere.
Use the form below to make a donation or pledge payment to support IWHC and our partners during this important time. To ensure we get your donation quickly, we prefer online payments at this time. If you have questions or need payment support, contact us at 212-249-6188 or [email protected].
IWHC Visionary Leadership Award
Co-Founder & CEO, Equality Fund
Jessica Houssian fell in love with feminism as a little girl and has focused her career on advancing women’s equality ever since. Jessica is a senior advisor at Women Moving Millions (WMM), a global community of women philanthropists who invest boldly with a gender lens. Prior to her work with WMM, Jessica was a partner at Inspired Philanthropy Group – a boutique consulting firm supporting individual philanthropists and corporations to help create authentic, effective impact. Jessica holds a BA in women & gender studies (Bates College) and an MSc in fundraising & grantmaking (New York University), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of RefugePoint and as co-chair of The Houssian Foundation. In 2019, Jessica co-founded the Equality Fund, a Canadian-led collaboration that combines international feminist philanthropy and grantmaking with an innovative investment arm, delivering new momentum for women’s movements and supporting the advancement of gender equality globally.
IWHC Visionary Leadership Award
Co-Founder & CEO, Equality Fund
Jess is the co-CEO of the Equality Fund (formerly the president and CEO of The MATCH International Women’s Fund). Emphasizing the role of innovation in social movements, Jess leads an effort to resource women’s organizations around the world working to change systems and dismantle barriers. Jess has worked in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Asia for a range of actors including the World Bank, the UN, and USAID. Prior to her appointment at The MATCH Fund and the Equality Fund, Jess was with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, managing large-scale reform for the agency that supports Palestinian Refugees across the Middle East. Jess was named by the Stevie Awards as 2017's Most Innovative Woman of the Year.
Joan B. Dunlop Award
CO-FOUNDER, DIVERSE VOICES AND ACTION FOR EQUALITY
Noelene Nabulivou is a feminist grassroots organizer, policy analyst, activist, advocate, and movement-builder from Fiji. For over 35 years, Noelene has worked to affirm and protect universal human rights, and advance transformative approaches to gender, social, economic, ecological, and climate justice. She is the co-founder and outgoing political adviser of Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality, a Fijian feminist collective founded in 2011 led by lesbian, bisexual, transmasculine, and gender-nonconforming people that concentrates work in urban poor communities, rural, and remote constituencies of Fiji, and works with/for all women and people in the Pacific and globally.
Noelene participates in various local, regional, and global spaces and processes. She is a member of the UNDP Global Civil Society Advisory Committee (CSAC); the Pacific Gender Technical Working Group to CSW; the Pacific Gender Coordinating Mechanism, and the Fiji SRHR Technical Working Group to Ministry for Youth and Sports, et al. She is an adviser to Astraea Lesbian Foundation, the Urgent Action Fund (Asia and Pacific), and holds many other movement roles.
THE IMPACT OF YOUR GIFT
Your gift makes a difference and helps supports programs like those described below. Your donation will go where it's needed most.
- Provide a rapid response grant to ensure that grantee partners receive funds for unforeseen threats, such as an educational campaign on a global health crisis like COVID-19
- Ensure the training, mentorship, and participation of a youth leader in IWHC’s Advocacy in Practice program to press governments to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in times of crisis.
- Sponsor two IWHC grantee partners to visit Washington, DC, advocate with US Congressional offices and do targeted media outreach to spotlight global sexual and reproductive health issues.
- Provide a year of support to an organization, such as the Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities in Nepal, to document the social and political effects of US foreign policies, and especially the US Global Gag Rule.
- Fund a year of advocacy to strengthen regional and national level policies in Cameroon that aim to eliminate violence against women and girls, including child, early, and forced marriage. In one year, IWHC grantee ALVF-EN manages over 1,100 cases of violence against women/girls.
- Enable women’s organizations like the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health in Kenya to roll out the “Our Bodies Our Choices” sexuality program to 300 people in 10 schools over the course of 2020.
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].