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.


IWHC Welcomes New Executive Director of UN Population Fund

  • October 3, 2017

At a time when sexual and reproductive health and rights are under threat globally, Dr. Kanem’s experience and commitment to women’s rights are especially critical. UNFPA is the largest international provider of contraceptives and other family planning services, and a vital player in the furthering the gender equality component of the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Special Rapporteurs Call for Strong Action on International Safe Abortion Day

  • September 28, 2017

IWHC welcomes the unprecedented call to action on women’s rights by United Nations human rights experts marking International Safe Abortion Day.

Policymakers Struggle to Estimate Scale of Key Problems Faced by Girls and Women—New Survey Reveals

  • September 20, 2017

The results of a new Equal Measures 2030 survey raise concerns about the ability of policymakers to adequately use data to promote and achieve the gender equality initiatives of the Sustainable Development Goals.

How Did Gender Equality Fare at the UN’s High-Level Political Forum 2017?

After intense negotiations, countries adopted a Ministerial Declaration that reaffirmed their commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and asserted that gender equality is essential to do so. However, the declaration stopped short of a robust commitment to women's human rights.

House Committee Advances Bill That Would Be Devastating for World’s Women and Girls

  • July 21, 2017

Last night, the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives voted to advance a bill with $10 billion in proposed funding cuts, which would have devastating impacts on women and girls, and US global leadership.

ANALYSIS: US Foreign Aid Cuts, Closer to Reality, Would Devastate Women and Girls

Earlier this year, President Trump used his fiscal year 2018 budget request to outline draconian, ideologically driven cuts with the potential to decimate U.S. programs that promote women’s health and rights. Last night, the funding debate moved to Congress.

UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) Preview: What to Expect

The UN High Level Political Forum will take a close look at what governments must do to meet the SDGS to achieve gender equality.

When Ideology Drives US Funding, Women Stand to Lose

The Trump Administration announced the elimination of US funding for the UNFPA, a major blow to global women’s health.

IWHC Denounces US Government Cuts to UN Population Fund

  • April 3, 2017

The Trump Administration lands a major blow to the world’s most important agency for reproductive health.

Women’s Economic Rights Under Threat at the UN

  • March 23, 2017

Governments in negotiations at the UN will fail women unless they make bold commitments to create just economies.