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.


Bold Action, Moral Clarity: Four Priorities for the New High Commissioner for Human Rights

On September 1, Michelle Bachelet will take over one of the hardest jobs in the world—UN high commissioner for human rights. Bachelet now has the singular opportunity to take the necessary actions to ensure that human rights continue to be respected, protected, and fulfilled in their entirety.

Integrating Menstrual Hygiene Management to Achieve the SDGs

Despite the fact that 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, menstruation remains shrouded in silence and taboos. Women and girls need access to comprehensive, accurate information about their bodies and rights, and dedicated, integrated services in order to menstruate in dignity.

Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

  • July 18, 2018

For girls and women globally, access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is critical for their sexual and reproductive health and for gender equality. Girls’ inability to manage their menstrual health, compromises their ability to complete their educations and navigate other aspects of their lives.1 Lack of access to clean water can have significant…

Civil Society Responds to US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

  • June 27, 2018

A group of 18 human rights organizations, including the International Women’s Health Coalition, responded to a letter from US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, blaming these groups for the US decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. IWHC is deeply committed to ensuring the health and rights of women and girls…

Withdrawal From Human Rights Council Furthers US Isolation

The Trump administration's decision to leave the Council is both extremely disappointing and entirely predictable, when viewed in concert with the president’s isolationist, “America First” foreign policy and disregard for human rights.

Determined: IWHC 2017 Annual Report

  • May 31, 2018

In countries around the world, women’s reproductive health and rights are being threatened by conservative or authoritarian leaders who are pushing policies that deny women and girls control of their own bodies. These hostile environments to women’s rights need to be challenged with resistance, determination, and strategic action. Together with our supporters, we are rising up to meet attacks on women’s rights, powering up grantee partners with funding and technical assistance, and building up young advocates whose voices can transform the future.

Here at IWHC, we’ve been able to respond quickly to sustained attacks against the rights of women and girls because we’ve been leading the field in the international feminist women’s health movement for 35 years.

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.