The Joan B. Dunlop Award was created in tribute to the extraordinary legacy of IWHC’s first president, who passed away on June 29, 2012. The award comes with a cash prize of $7,500 and is presented annually to an activist who is working under difficult circumstances to promote the health and rights of women and girls.

A charismatic and courageous leader, Joan Dunlop inspired countless numbers of people in her lifelong fight to empower women to control their own bodies and fertility. Her endless energy, courage, and extraordinary wisdom made her a force to be reckoned with as she secured significant and progressive victories for the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls. Read more about Joan Dunlop.

The Joan B. Dunlop Award aims to recognize and support courageous women from developing countries who personify Joan’s spirit and work under difficult circumstances to build healthy and safe communities for women and girls.

The International Women’s Health Coalition is pleased to present the Joan B. Dunlop Award to the following recipients:

2015: Pinar Ilkkaracan, Founder, Women for Women’s Human Rights, Turkey
Pinar is a leading women’s rights activist and researcher based in Turkey. She has founded several organizations, including Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR)–NEW WAYS and the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, a network of 45 academic and non-governmental organizations in the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. She is also the co-founder of the Berlin Initiative against Violence against Women (BIG) and AZRA, the International Association against War Crimes against Women. Pinar led the Turkish women’s movement in successful campaigns for gender equality, including enactment of a domestic violence law and reforms of the national civil and penal codes to more fully respect women’s rights. She has participated in many UN conferences as both an official member of the Turkish governmental delegation and a civil society representative, helping to secure global agreements on women’s human rights and sexual and reproductive rights. Read more.

2014: Ninuk Widyantoro, Co-Founder, Women’s Health Foundation, Indonesia
A determined and highly effective activist, Ninuk played a key role in reforming Indonesia’s national health law in 2011. The new law improved maternal health care services for poor and rural women, increased access to generic medicines, and decriminalized abortion in cases of rape or when the life of the woman is at risk. At the global level, Ninuk is very active at the United Nations. She played an important role at the landmark International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, which put women’s rights at the center of population policies. Most recently, in 2013, Ninuk advised the Indonesian government at the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok, where governments adopted a robust declaration that states that gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the next global development agenda. Read Ninuk’s acceptance speech.

2013: Adenike Esiet, Co-Founder, Action Health Inc., Nigeria
Since 1989, Adenike has worked tirelessly in Nigeria to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents. Under her guidance and leadership, Action Health Inc. helped develop Nigeria’s first national sexuality education curriculum in 2001. Today, this curriculum is being rolled out in all public schools across this complex and diverse country. Adenike currently runs a clinic for adolescents in Lagos that provides young people with sexual and reproductive health services and information. The clinic serves about 3,000 young people every year and continues to be a learning site for public health practitioners from all over the country who are interested in creating youth-friendly services. Read Adenike’s acceptance speech.