IWHC works in two very different but critically linked worlds — international policy and local capacity — to change thinking, redirect funding, and motivate action by people and institutions that can secure rights and health for women.

We have worked in alliance with advocates and policymakers to influence the outcome of many major UN deliberations, including the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Commission on Population and Development (CPD), Fourth World Conference on Women, and intergovernmental negotiations related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Learn more about IWHC’s history at the UN.


Global HER Act, Scheming at the UN, and Religious Refusals

Is this the end of the Global Gag Rule? Why did the US try to block Bachelet's appointment to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights? And, how is the administration using religion to undermine access to health care? Find out in the edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

US Administration’s Anti-Choice Ideology Challenged at Home and Abroad

Can we finally end the Global Gag Rule? And, what does the latest turnover at the State Department mean for global sexual and reproductive health and rights? Find out in this edition of the Trumping Women’s Rights Digest.

New Year, New Reproductive Health Policy?

What does a new year, and a new Congress, mean for US global reproductive health policy? And, will the administration continue its assault against the UN? Find out in this edition of the Trumping Women’s Rights Digest.

Our Most Read Stories of 2018: Wins at the UN, Argentina’s Green Wave, and Rural Women’s Health

As 2018 comes to a close, IWHC looks back on our readers' favorite blogs of the year. From major advocacy victories at the UN, to the rise of Argentina's feminist "green wave," to renewed commitments to women and girls in rural areas, here are the stories that rose to the top in a year of wins for women's rights.

Pursuing Accountability for the War on Women

House Democrats introduce a bill to reinstate reporting on reproductive rights, the White House receives a poor grade on sexual and reproductive health, and the administration nominates a new ambassador to the UN. This edition of Trumping Women's Rights Digest looks for accountability in the Trump-Pence administration's war on women.

Nauert’s Nomination Signals Continuation of the Status Quo at the UN

  • December 7, 2018

The nomination of Heather Nauert as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the Trump administration’s regressive policies at the UN. “There is nothing in Nauert’s record to suggest that she would restrain the administration’s efforts to censor language or to undermine and remove UN commitments on gender equality, sexuality education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights,” Kowalski notes.

Gutting Global Reproductive Health, US Continues Its Assault

The Trump-Pence administration continues to gut global health, but human rights organizations are fighting back. This edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest looks at efforts to hold the administration to account, and details its continued attempts to undermine commitments to sexual and reproductive health and 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.

Affirming Disability Rights in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care

As the international community has increased its commitment to adolescent girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights, young women with disabilities have consistently been left behind. IWHC believes that it is essential that disability rights become a key tenet of sexual and reproductive health and rights.