What is the status of IWHC?
- The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), IPPFWHR and CHANGE are joining forces under the IPPFWHR umbrella to establish a leading feminist alliance that advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls.
- This new feminist alliance will uniquely combine direct services and grants for women, advocacy for reproductive rights and gender justice, and local, regional, and transnational field operations, especially in the Global South. This consolidation will allow us to continue our mission-driven commitment to pursue gender justice and equality for women and girls around the world on a broader scale.
- IWHC will no longer operate as an independent organization effective immediately. The new organization will be renamed in the coming months.
Why is this change happening?
- The purpose of this alliance is to ensure the continued commitment to our grantee partners and to strengthen our global advocacy work. Two significant societal forces from this past year had a major impact on IWHC’s decision to consolidate with IPPFWHR and CHANGE – the global pandemic and the revitalized national racial justice movement.
- Like many other organizations, the global pandemic forced us to reevaluate our operations and to think creatively about how to reinvent ourselves in order to maximize our global impact, purpose and resiliency in a post-pandemic world.
- Our country’s renewed and long overdue focus on racial justice and equality also led IWHC to reexamine our culture, structure and leadership around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
- When this opportunity arose to unite, our board was excited by the chance to join with two organizations that share our core values and embrace our mission in order to create an even stronger feminist entity.
- IWHC was also drawn to IPPFWHR for its long-term, exemplary DEI work within its organization and to our shared commitment for a more equitable, intersectional, and anti-colonial governance structure that will transfer leadership and resources to the Global South.
- A stronger feminist voice is needed now more than ever in an age when women and girls, and especially their sexual and reproductive health and rights, are being threatened by this global pandemic, growing right-wing authoritarianism, and a climate change crisis that disproportionately impacts women.
Will IWHC continue to honor its grants?
- IWHC is committed to ensuring that our work providing Trust Based Grants to organizations and individuals around the world to fight for sexual and reproductive rights will continue with IPPFWHR and be more impactful than ever before.
- Our grantee partners have been at the center of our program throughout our history, and we are pleased that their invaluable work will continue and grow within this new entity.
What does this mean for our donors?
- This new organization will help to lower the cost structure and management of our programs by creating streamlined efficiencies and overhead. We hope our donors and partners will continue their vital support of our work under this newly expanded and more dynamic global structure within IPPFWHR.
What is the legacy of IWHC?
- We are proud of our long and powerful legacy. We want to thank all of our grantees, donors, UN partners, and board members who over the past 35 plus years have supported and advanced our cause. In particular, we would like to thank our staff who have been unfailingly dedicated to this critical work. You have made a remarkable difference in helping women and girls achieve the sexual and reproductive rights they deserve.
- Although we will no longer operate independently as IWHC, our mission and vision will continue to thrive and grow within this new feminist powerhouse organization combining all our strengths and capabilities. Our commitment to pursue gender justice and equality for women and girls around the world will be stronger than ever.
- Over the past five years, IWHC has committed almost $11.5 million to Trust Based Grant Making. Some of the grantees have been partnering with IWHC for over 20 years and independent analysis describes the relationships as “overwhelmingly positive.” In this past five-year period, grants have been made to 46 organizations, primarily in the regions of Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.