An estimated 15 million girls around the world are married every year before they turn 18, often with no choice about when or whom they marry. Child marriage is practiced across all religions, ethnicities and continents. Girls who are married as children are robbed of their youth, their education, their health, and their futures.

As a co-chair of Girls Not Brides USA, IWHC is working with its partners on the #Lead4Girls campaign, an effort to urge the U.S. State Department to produce and implement a strategy to end child marriage in countries where the practice is most prevalent. Join us in calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to #Lead4Girls and make a commitment to ending child marriage worldwide.


Driving Feminist Change in Cameroon

Women for a Change Cameroon (Wfac) is a volunteer-run, feminist organization advancing the rights of girls by addressing gender-based violence, furthering comprehensive sexuality education, conducting advocacy, and providing leadership training. IWHC is proud to welcome Wfac into its grantee network and support its vital work.

Integrating Menstrual Hygiene Management to Achieve the SDGs

Despite the fact that 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, menstruation remains shrouded in silence and taboos. Women and girls need access to comprehensive, accurate information about their bodies and rights, and dedicated, integrated services in order to menstruate in dignity.

Holding the Line on Global Women’s Health

  • June 25, 2018

IWHC president Françoise Girard discusses the state of sexual and reproductive rights under the Trump administration at Spotlight Health, a 3-day conference that kicks off the Aspen Ideas Festival and features innovators in the fields of health and medicine.

Determined: IWHC 2017 Annual Report

  • May 31, 2018

In countries around the world, women’s reproductive health and rights are being threatened by conservative or authoritarian leaders who are pushing policies that deny women and girls control of their own bodies. These hostile environments to women’s rights need to be challenged with resistance, determination, and strategic action. Together with our supporters, we are rising up to meet attacks on women’s rights, powering up grantee partners with funding and technical assistance, and building up young advocates whose voices can transform the future.

Here at IWHC, we’ve been able to respond quickly to sustained attacks against the rights of women and girls because we’ve been leading the field in the international feminist women’s health movement for 35 years.

At UN, Countries Make Robust Strides Toward Advancing Women’s Rights

  • March 23, 2018

At a time when the world is coming to grips with the entrenched discrimination, violence, and restrictions faced by women, this year's outcome at the Commission on the Status of Women makes clear that governments are starting to heed the call for justice.

Harmful and Deadly: Child Marriage and Maternal Mortality in Rural Settings

  • March 14, 2018

During the UN Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC hosted a side event that explored the deadly links between maternal mortality and child, early, and forced marriage. The panel featured women's rights activists from Cameroon, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Largest UN Meeting on Women

  • March 12, 2018

As women worldwide clamor for equality, IWHC joins a broad coalition of partner organizations in pushing a feminist agenda at the Commission on the Status of Women, the largest annual UN gathering focused on gender equality and women’s rights.

Keeping UNICEF’s Promise to Girls: 5 Key Actions for New UNICEF Director

In this challenging environment, strong leadership of the UN organization charged with promoting the human rights and well-being of every child is particularly vital. As Henrietta H. Fore steps into her new role, IWHC offers five priorities for her first term.

International Day of the Girl: Five Years of Wins for Girls Worldwide

On International Day of the Girl Child, we look back at five years of progress for girls health and rights worldwide.

Tanzania is Playing a Dangerous Game with Girls’ Lives

Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli, recently said pregnant students should not be allowed to return to school. Tanzania's ban on pregnant adolescent girls in school is harmful for girls, their families, and the country as a whole.