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.


An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump and His Transition Team on the Request for Information on Gender Equality Programs at the State Department and USAID

  • December 23, 2016

The US Government’s work to achieve gender equality and women’s and girls’ human rights must continue. Women and girls everywhere are counting on it.

We Won’t Stand for Rollbacks on Our Reproductive Rights

This week, IWHC joined with 90 organizations that stood together to say that we are ready to fight for the rights of women and girls, both in the United States and around the world.

Building Our Power: Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Advocacy Convening Statement

  • December 16, 2016

On December 13, 2016, IWHC joined nearly 300 advocates, activists, organizers, and experts in Washington, D.C., for a day of strategy, solidarity, and discussion. As the incoming Trump Administration assembles a Cabinet committed to rolling back women’s rights and access to health, 90 organizations stood together to say that we are ready to fight for the…

What Does President Trump Mean for Sexual and Reproductive Rights at the UN?

Trump’s stated desire to restrict access to safe, legal abortion services, combined with the most regressive Republican Party platform on sexual and reproductive rights, spell disaster.

Statement on the Election of Donald Trump as US President

  • November 9, 2016

We at the International Women’s Health Coalition are deeply concerned that the policies proposed by US President-elect Trump and the Republican Party will result in serious setbacks for women and girls worldwide.

A Legacy to Build On: the Next Administration Must Keep up the Fight for Women’s Health

The next administration must build on the progress made and prioritize sexual and reproductive health and rights in both domestic and foreign policy.

Keeping our Promises to Adolescent Girls Worldwide: What the Next Administration Needs to Do

At last week's Girl Summit DC, more than 150 advocates, program experts, and government officials gathered to discuss what the next US administration needs to do to build on progress for adolescent girls.

Experts to Look at Progress Made for Adolescent Girls Worldwide

  • October 18, 2016

On Thursday, October 20, the International Women’s Health Coalition and several partners—Population Council, Girls Not Brides USA, International Center for Research on Women, CARE—will host the 3rd Annual Girl Summit DC. They will explore what the next administration needs to do to carry this work forward.

How U.S. Policy Continues to Threaten Women’s Reproductive Rights Globally

U.S. laws and funding restrictions on abortion are incredibly damaging and harm women around the world in three fundamental ways.

A Big Win for Girls Worldwide

The State Department's new strategy looks at the myriad needs girls have: from going to school, staying safe, developing life skills and self-esteem, and choosing if, when, and to whom they will marry.