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.


Crisis In Care: Year Two Impact of Trump’s Global Gag Rule

  • June 5, 2019

A new report from the International Women's Health Coalition shows that the Global Gag Rule is killing women, forcing clinic closures, and stripping the most marginalized communities of access to sexual and reproductive health services & information.

Explainer: What is the Global Gag Rule?

  • June 3, 2019

What is the Global Gag Rule? History of the Policy On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum reinstating the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule. As imposed by President Trump, the policy requires all foreign NGOs to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion…

Crafting a New Policy at the UN? Unlikely Under New Nominee

  • May 3, 2019

The nomination of Kelly Knight Craft as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the United States’ waning global leadership. Craft is a political donor, not a seasoned diplomat, and if confirmed, she is expected to uphold the administration’s strategy of using the UN system to target the rights of women and girls.

Congress: US Must Promote Women’s Rights at the UN

  • March 15, 2019

IWHC supports a set of letters sent by members of US Congress to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which urges the US delegation to the 2019 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women not to obstruct negotiations on women's sexual and reproductive rights.

Human Rights Groups to US State Department: Stop Censoring Diplomats

  • December 6, 2018

On December 6, 2018, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), and the Open Society Foundations, together with more than 80 organizations, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to end censorship of US diplomats on issues…

IWHC 2018 Impact Report

  • December 5, 2018

Despite backlash against sexual and reproductive rights, women’s movements worldwide are mobilized. In 2018, IWHC provided financial and technical support, and fought hard for progressive policy change to advance the rights of women and girls.

Do the US Midterms Signal Change for Women’s Health?

From its behavior at the United Nations to its use of religious liberty to undermine health care, the Trump-Pence administration erodes women's rights at every turn. Do the US midterm elections provide an opportunity to push back against the administration's dangerous policies?

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.