Since 1986, IWHC has helped build a number of feminist organizations in Brazil. Our longtime support to ANIS helped secure a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Brazil in April 2012, which decriminalized abortion in cases of anencephaly.

Currently, we provide financial and technical support to our partners Catholics for the Right to Decide and CFEMEA to advocate for greater access to safe and legal abortion, especially for poor and rural women. We also collaborate with Reprolatina and ECOS to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights programs for adolescents.


Joint Statement: Women’s Groups Oppose Human Rights Violations in Latin America

  • October 30, 2018

IWHC, together with more than 50 sexual and reproductive rights organizations, are calling for increased attention to human rights violations and threats to democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Brazil’s New President is a Threat to Women’s Rights

  • October 29, 2018

The election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil poses a serious threat to human rights. IWHC is deeply troubled by Bolsonaro’s election and stands with the women’s movement and their continued commitment to hold the incoming government accountable.

IWHC Stands With Activist and Board Member Debora Diniz

  • August 2, 2018

Diniz, an IWHC board member and the co-founder of our long-time partner ANIS, is a tireless advocate for sexual and reproductive rights in Brazil. At a moment when her country is on the cusp of a historic victory for abortion rights, with a landmark case before the country’s Supreme Court, the anti-choice movement's tactics of intimidation and threats of violence reflect the lack of substance in the arguments of those who oppose abortion.

IWHC President Delivers Expert Testimony on Decisive Abortion Case in Brazil Court

Brazil recognizes health as a constitutional right, but the criminalization of abortion keeps this right out of reach for millions of women. A landmark case to decriminalize abortion in the first trimester, currently before Brazil’s highest court, is a crucial step towards change. IWHC president, Françoise Girard, is among the 52 international experts to testify at the Supreme Court of Brazil on August 3 and 6.

IWHC Files Amicus Brief in Case Countering Full Abortion Ban

  • March 9, 2018

The brief argues in favor of decriminalization of abortion in Brazil in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and was filed on March 8, International Women’s Day, with Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court.

A Rapid Response to Zika in Brazil

In 2016, Zika caused a public health crisis in Brazil; thankfully, women’s groups have a long history in Brazil, and they were well poised to take up the charge.

Brazil Declares Zika Crisis Over, But Is It?

Brazil recently declared the Zika emergency over, but for those living in the most at-risk areas, the virus is a constant threat.

Wins for Women in 2016

The women’s movement achieved great successes globally in 2016; highlighting these achievements will be essential for the fight ahead.

Brazil’s Women Activists Tackle an Enduring Threat

In the midst of the Zika epidemic, Brazil’s conservative Congress has seemingly done everything it can to make the situation worse for Brazilian women.

Congressional Action on Zika: Too Little, Too Late?

Congress finally agreed to provide badly-needed funding to halt the spread of the Zika virus. But it’s woefully inadequate.