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.


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.

“Black to the future:” Black Activists Forge a New Way Forward

The first global Black Feminisms Forum, held in Brazil, brought together diverse voices determined to take the movement further.

Creating Spaces for Black Feminists

The Black Feminisms Forum being held ahead of the AWID Conference is historic—black and Afro-descendant feminists from all over the world are coming together to discuss, strategize, and mobilize.

Life After Zika: Stories from Brazil

  • June 23, 2016

On Thursday, June 2, Friends of IWHC watched Zika, the incredibly moving documentary about five young Brazilian women and the health care professionals struggling to serve them in the middle of the Zika epidemic.

Zika and Reproductive Rights

The Zika virus is a wake-up call for governments everywhere to rebuild and strengthen public health systems, and to guarantee all women and girls access to contraceptives and safe abortions.

Brazil’s Conservatives Attempt to Further Restrict Abortion

A bill pending before Brazil's Congress could make it more difficult for rape victims to receive an abortion.

Shattering the Stigma of Abortion

Why does abortion stigma matter? Because it is a barrier to abortion both in countries where abortion is legally accessible and countries where it is legally restricted. Both those accessing abortion services as well as abortion providers may experience stigma.