The IWHC Leadership Council is comprised of individuals committed to women’s health and human rights globally. IWHC has active Leadership Councils in both New York and San Francisco. IWHC Leadership Councils include volunteers who commit their time, energy, and financial support to develop an understanding of the key issues affecting women and girls globally, to build IWHC’s profile in their communities, and to raise funds on behalf of IWHC. Members host and convene events to discuss the global context for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and to learn from IWHC grantee partners and experts in US foreign policy, human rights, global health, and international development.

Support from the membership of IWHC’s Leadership Councils enables IWHC to provide grants to advocates and women-led organizations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Leadership Council support also sustains IWHC’s direct advocacy with governments and at the United Nations.


Moving Beyond the Headlines: Peace, Security and the Status of the World’s Women and Girls

The Council on Foreign Relations' Rachel Vogelstein spoke at a recent Leadership Council luncheon about progress on women's rights since the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women.

Young Women from Lebanon and Poland Inspire with their Determined Activism

Rola Yasmine, Co-Founder of the A Project in Lebanon, shares her experiences with IWHC supporters and Leadership Council members at a luncheon on March 16th moderated by IWHC's president, Françoise Girard.

Discussing Race and Women’s Rights in South Africa

IWHC's Leadership Council featured Sisonke Msimang, a columnist for the Daily Maverick and IWHC board member.  She discussed gender equality, race, and activism for women's rights in South Africa with IWHC President Françoise Girard.

Girls on the Rise

Holly Gordon, creator of Girl Rising, spoke about the film and its impact in communities worldwide at a Leadership Council Luncheon, with IWHC President Françoise Girard, on April 21, 2015.

Violence Against Women: A Global Health Problem of Epidemic Proportions

Dr. Claudia García-Moreno of the World Health Organization spoke about the WHO's most recent research on gender-based violence.

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