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.


The 2018 Commission on Population and Development and Prospects for the Future

After three failures in four years, governments now face a choice: seriously invest the political capital needed to make the CPD a success, or ensure other venues and forums take up and integrate review of the ICPD Agenda into their work.

US Senate Should Reject Pompeo Nomination for Secretary of State

  • April 23, 2018

IWHC strongly urges the US Senate to reject the nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. Pompeo, currently the CIA Director, has a history of promoting bigotry and undermining human rights, including the rights of women and LGBTQ individuals.

At UN, Countries Make Robust Strides Toward Advancing Women’s Rights

  • March 23, 2018

At a time when the world is coming to grips with the entrenched discrimination, violence, and restrictions faced by women, this year's outcome at the Commission on the Status of Women makes clear that governments are starting to heed the call for justice.

Retrograde and Anti-Woman, Mike Pompeo Fits Trump Qualifications

Trump's pick to head the US State Department has an abysmal record on women’s health and LGBTQ rights, and joins a long list of ultra-conservative ideologues who have been elevated to powerful positions under the current administration.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Largest UN Meeting on Women

  • March 12, 2018

As women worldwide clamor for equality, IWHC joins a broad coalition of partner organizations in pushing a feminist agenda at the Commission on the Status of Women, the largest annual UN gathering focused on gender equality and women’s rights.

Going Rural: The Case for Access to Reproductive Health Care

In the run-up to this year's Commission on the Status of Women, IWHC looks at the unique challenges facing women and girls in rural areas, who are often unable to access quality sexual and reproductive health care services.

IWHC to Honor UN Human Rights Chief and Kenyan Health Activist

  • February 21, 2018

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and veteran Kenyan women’s health advocate Monica Oguttu, will be honored by IWHC for their leadership to defend and advance the human rights of women and girls.

UN Women Report on Gender Equality and the SDGs Reveals Troubling Reality

This long-awaited report exposes the major gaps in current data about what works for women and girls, particularly those who are most marginalized. Here are four critical actions that governments, NGOs, and researchers must take to achieve gender equality in the 2030 Agenda.

Keeping UNICEF’s Promise to Girls: 5 Key Actions for New UNICEF Director

In this challenging environment, strong leadership of the UN organization charged with promoting the human rights and well-being of every child is particularly vital. As Henrietta H. Fore steps into her new role, IWHC offers five priorities for her first term.

At the UN, Progress Amid Peril for Women and Girls

This year, the aggressive posture of the US undermined negotiations at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly raising serious doubts about the ongoing health of multilateralism at the UN. Not surprisingly, these new developments were especially evident in negotiations on women’s rights, and especially their sexual and reproductive rights.