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.


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.

Trump’s Budget Proposal Threatens Global Development and Health

The Trump Administration’s federal budget blueprint is a massive distortion of American priorities and jeopardizes critical programs.

Nikki Haley: Trump’s Choice for US Ambassador to the UN is a Poor Choice for a Bold Women’s Agenda

South Carolina Governor Haley is an unfortunate choice to represent the United States at the single-most important multilateral institution prepared to tackle the world’s global challenges.

Can Rex Tillerson Lead on Women’s Rights?

Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, brings no foreign policy, public sector, or diplomatic experience to the position of the country’s chief foreign policy advisor and top diplomat.

US Congress: A Major Threat to the UN

New proposed legislation is part of a growing attack against the UN, and against the very principles of multilateralism.

Bringing Girls into the Data Revolution

How local groups around the world are filling the information gap and making sure girls' voices are heard.

We Need a Feminist Secretary-General at the United Nations

We now know the next Secretary General won’t be a woman, but will he be a feminist?

Rio Statement of Reproductive Health and Justice

  • October 7, 2016

The Rio Conference—“Reproductive Health and Justice: International Women’s Health Conference for Cairo ’94”—took place from January 24 to 28, 1994, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In five days, the 215 women from 79 countries who gathered in Rio generated this 21-point statement and strategies and activities to ensure that women’s perspectives and experiences are considered…