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.


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.

United Nations Human Rights Committee Defends Women and Girls’ Right to Life

In its recent "General Comment on the Right to Life," the United Nations Human Rights Committee makes it clear that access to safe and legal abortion services is fundamental for achieving women’s human rights.

Do the US Midterms Signal Change for Women’s Health?

From its behavior at the United Nations to its use of religious liberty to undermine health care, the Trump-Pence administration erodes women's rights at every turn. Do the US midterm elections provide an opportunity to push back against the administration's dangerous policies?

A Landmark Year for Women and Girls at the UN

Seventy-three years ago, delegates from around the world gathered in San Francisco to sign the UN Charter. Today, the UN remains the centerpiece of the international system, and a key site for advancing women’s rights.

IWHC Condemns US Attempts to Obstruct Women’s Rights at the UN

  • October 5, 2018

In a further blow to gender equality, new reports indicate the Trump administration is working strategically to withhold and restrict funding for United Nations organizations that protect the human rights of women and girls.

Joint Statement to the UN Human Rights Council: Defend Abortion Rights

  • September 27, 2018

In advance of International Safe Abortion Day, IWHC joined more than 220 organizations calling on the UN Human Rights Council to condemn attacks on abortion rights defenders and to urgently address the human rights violations arising from the denial of comprehensive abortion care.