The United States is a powerhouse in both the global arena and the countries in which it invests. The International Women’s Health Coalition works to ensure that U.S. policies and funding promote and advance the rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls. We bring the experiences of our local partners from around the world to the Administration and Congress.

Currently, we are working with the State Department to develop a blueprint for U.S. government support to end child marriage, as mandated by the Violence Against Women Act reauthorized in 2013. We are also working with Congress and the Administration to ensure greater financial and technical support to programs aimed at preventing HIV infections among adolescent girls.


IWHC Condemns US Attempts to Obstruct Women’s Rights at the UN

  • October 5, 2018

In a further blow to gender equality, new reports indicate the Trump administration is working strategically to withhold and restrict funding for United Nations organizations that protect the human rights of women and girls.

US Secretary of State: Reinstate Reproductive Rights in Human Rights Reports

  • October 4, 2018

IWHC joins 96 organizations in calling on the US State Department to reinstate reporting on sexual and reproductive health and rights in its annual Human Rights Reports. The Trump administration's decision to eliminated this reporting in the 2017 reports signals a dangerous backslide in US commitments to women’s rights worldwide.

US Senate: Reject Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination

  • September 5, 2018

Judge Kavanaugh is an ideological extremist with a clear partisan agenda. He lacks the fair-mindedness necessary to serve a lifetime appointment at the highest level of the branch of government charged with making the ultimate decisions about our rights, freedoms, liberties, and the meaning of our laws and Constitution.

High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: A Fierce Defender of Women’s Rights

  • August 16, 2018

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is a bold and tireless advocate for women's rights. Throughout his tenure he has reminded the world that it is women and girls that experience the gravest human rights abuses. High Commissioner Zeid is the recipient of the 2018 IWHC Visionary Leadership Award.

Civil Society Responds to US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

  • June 27, 2018

A group of 18 human rights organizations, including the International Women’s Health Coalition, responded to a letter from US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, blaming these groups for the US decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. IWHC is deeply committed to ensuring the health and rights of women and girls…

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.

Withdrawal From Human Rights Council Furthers US Isolation

The Trump administration's decision to leave the Council is both extremely disappointing and entirely predictable, when viewed in concert with the president’s isolationist, “America First” foreign policy and disregard for human rights.

Mortensen’s Nomination Strikes Another Blow for US Reproductive Health Policy

Trump's pick to helm US State Department offices tasked with protecting refugees and victims of conflict is an anti-immigrant hardliner and ideologue. In light of the abusive US border policies enacted in recent weeks, this appointment represents yet another step away from fundamental standards of human rights.

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.

Year One of Trump’s Global Gag Rule Creates Deadly Mix of Confusion, Stigma, and Health Service Fragmentation

  • May 30, 2018

One year after its implementation, the Trump administration’s Global Gag Rule is causing profound structural shifts that threaten the health of millions, particularly vulnerable women and girls, according to a new IWHC report.