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 to Honor UN Human Rights Chief and Kenyan Health Activist

  • February 21, 2018

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and veteran Kenyan women’s health advocate Monica Oguttu, will be honored by IWHC for their leadership to defend and advance the human rights of women and girls.

UN Women Report on Gender Equality and the SDGs Reveals Troubling Reality

This long-awaited report exposes the major gaps in current data about what works for women and girls, particularly those who are most marginalized. Here are four critical actions that governments, NGOs, and researchers must take to achieve gender equality in the 2030 Agenda.

Keeping UNICEF’s Promise to Girls: 5 Key Actions for New UNICEF Director

In this challenging environment, strong leadership of the UN organization charged with promoting the human rights and well-being of every child is particularly vital. As Henrietta H. Fore steps into her new role, IWHC offers five priorities for her first term.

At the UN, Progress Amid Peril for Women and Girls

This year, the aggressive posture of the US undermined negotiations at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly raising serious doubts about the ongoing health of multilateralism at the UN. Not surprisingly, these new developments were especially evident in negotiations on women’s rights, and especially their sexual and reproductive rights.

Our Most Read Stories of 2017: Abortion, Global Policy, and Texts About Sex

From the state of abortion rights to the Global Gag Rule, IWHC looks back on the blogs that rose to the top in a year of perilous policies countered by a tenacious women's movement.

8 Ultra-Conservatives Leading Trump’s War on Women

One year after the election, it has become clear that the new presidential Administration staunchly pursues one priority: removing policies that protect the rights of women and girls while ensuring that right-wing ideologues with extreme, retrograde views are positioned to decide on women’s bodies and lives.

IWHC Opposes the Potential Nomination of Penny Young Nance

  • October 27, 2017

We call on the Trump Administration to abandon any efforts to nominate Nance for Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Her extensive record of championing policies that restrict a woman's right to choose, as well as her egregious statements against transgender rights, make her uniquely unfit and unqualified to lead US efforts to promote gender equality.

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.