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.


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.

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.

Movement to End Child Marriage Grows as Human Rights Council Passes Resolution

The drumbeat to end child marriage worldwide continues to grow louder. For the third time, countries adopted a resolution to end it.

Mourning a True Champion for Women and Girls

  • June 5, 2017

The staff and board of the International Women’s Health Coalition are shocked and saddened by the passing of Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Girls Empowered: Building on Progress from 2016

IWHC and our many local partners are not afraid to conduct hard-hitting advocacy to defend girls’ rights and hold leaders accountable to their promises.

From Baltimore to Bangladesh, Let’s End Child Marriage

Every year, 15 million girls around the world, including in the US, are married before they turn 18—a violation of their human rights.

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.