Girard is President of the International Women’s Health Coalition and a highly regarded advocate for women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. A lawyer by training, she has served as Director of the Public Health Program at the Open Society Foundations from 2006-2011. Françoise is regularly consulted by UN and intergovernmental agencies and has played a key advocacy role at UN conferences on population and development, women’s rights, and HIV/AIDS.
She has contributed articles to peer-reviewed journals such as Science; the Journal of Adolescent Health; Health and Human Rights; International Family Planning Perspectives; and Reproductive Health Matters. Her other publications include Global Implications of U.S. Domestic and International Policies on Sexuality (2004), as well as chapters in SexPolitics: Report from the Front Lines (2007) and in Reproductive Health and Human Rights: The Way Forward (2009).