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.


A Strategic Plan for Our Future: IWHC’s 2020-2024 Priorities

  • January 14, 2020

IWHC has recently launched our new strategic plan for the fiscal years 2020-2024. Download the full report to learn more about our vision, mission, values, and top goals for the next five years.

2019 Impact Report

  • December 12, 2019

In 2019, IWHC celebrated our 35th anniversary with our largest ever grantmaking budget and a new strategic plan designed to strengthen the feminist movement for years to come. Learn more about the impact of work around the world.   

The Time is Now: An Urgent Call to Action on the 25th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development

  • November 13, 2019

Today, global feminist leaders published a Call to Action in conjuction with more than 200 organizations worldwide demanding new, urgent and bold commitments to advance sexual and reproductive rights and gender justice.

Reflections On 35 Years of Fierce Feminism

Since 1984, IWHC’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights has ignited unprecedented progress for women and girls around the world. IWHC has been at the forefront of key milestones for the global feminist movement, and has advocated fearlessly to expand reproductive autonomy worldwide.

UN Day 2019: Building Momentum for Gender Equality

The United Nations is as a key protector and promoter of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. As we commemorate UN Day, IWHC looks back on year of advancements for women's rights.

Prioritizing Gender in Universal Health Coverage

On September 23, governments committed to deliver universal health coverage to all by 2030. Despite strong commitments to gender equality and reproductive rights, negotiations for the declaration were repeatedly threatened by the United States and other ideologically driven actors.

Andrew Bremberg Is Unfit to Represent the US at the UN

Bremberg is yet another Trump administration nominee boasting regressive views on gender, human rights, and access to health care. The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) strongly urges senators to reject Bremberg’s nomination and vote “no” on his confirmation.

Ultraconservative Marketing Ploy Attempts to Derail Gender Equality

In essence, “gender ideology” is nothing more than a right-wing marketing ploy—a dangerous conspiracy theory based on fear, not fact, that justifies discrimination against women and gender diverse people.

Turning the Tide: IWHC’s 2018 Annual Report

  • June 20, 2019

For 35 years, the International Women’s Health Coalition has been a bold champion for sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. Even as we celebrate the progress we have made towards realizing women’s rights since 1984—we must also recognize that these same rights are under constant threat by leaders, governments, and other actors pushing policies…

Care Denied; Human Rights Committee Reviews US; and New Leadership at the UN

Administration Promotes Refusals of Care In early May, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a new rule—Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care—expanding protections for health providers that deny care based on personal or religious beliefs—so-called “conscientious objection.” The new rule applies to all health care facilities…