Our partners are strengthening sexuality education programs, challenging harmful gender norms, fighting child marriage, and empowering young people to advocate for their health and rights.
IWHC welcomes the reintroduction of the Global HER Act in the US Congress, and urges representatives and senators to protect women's rights and health by passing the bill.
IWHC's findings on the effects of the policy, which are grounded in the experiences and expertise of our partners, differ dramatically from the conclusions reached by the US State Department in its 6-month review.
From the state of abortion rights to the Global Gag Rule, IWHC looks back on the blogs that rose to the top in a year of perilous policies countered by a tenacious women's movement.
Since its founding, Education as a Vaccine (EVA), an IWHC grantee partner based in Nigeria, has reached some 720,000 individuals through its youth-centered programs on sexual and reproductive health. IWHC recently sat down with Olabukunola Williams, EVA's new Executive Director, to discuss the organization's strategies for success.
IWHC recently launched a new research project to study the impacts of the Trump Administration's "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" policy in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Based on the early findings of this project, IWHC submitted comments to the US government and participated in a six-month review on Capitol Hill.
IWHC, together with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), hosted a webinar on the early impacts of the Global Gag Rule, which withholds US foreign aid from groups that provide abortion information, services or referrals. The webinar is based on findings presented at a Congressional briefing in October, six months after the Trump Administration rolled out the policy.
GIWYN is IWHC’s newest grantee partner in Nigeria, working to increase awareness and expand access to safe abortion across the country.
In the words of Janet Jackson, circa 1986, “It’s the pleasure principle!” Yet, those of us working to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent girls often forget this and are reluctant to talk about pleasure.
Efforts to capture data and lessons learned from our program are complicated by the fact that conducting this kind of evaluation is difficult, and the girls are influenced by a variety of stakeholders, including their parents, peers, communities, and the mass media.
The rural community of Kabula in Northern Nigeria is a matrilineal society. But even with a woman in charge, traditional gender norms are entrenched.