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.


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…

IWHC Statements on Universal Health Coverage at UN Multi-stakeholder Meeting

  • May 7, 2019

On April 29, 2019, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) submitted statements addressed to the Interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on Universal Health Care (UHC). In the statements, IWHC addresses three themes: (1) Universal Health Coverage as a driver for inclusive development and prosperity (2) Leave No One Behind - Universal Health Coverage as a commitment to equity (3) Multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder actions and investments in UHC

Crafting a New Policy at the UN? Unlikely Under New Nominee

  • May 3, 2019

The nomination of Kelly Knight Craft as US ambassador to the United Nations signals a continuation of the United States’ waning global leadership. Craft is a political donor, not a seasoned diplomat, and if confirmed, she is expected to uphold the administration’s strategy of using the UN system to target the rights of women and girls.

Trump Administration Escalates War on Words at the UN

Last week the United States threatened to veto a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending sexual violence in conflict, forcing a last minute change to remove references to sexual and reproductive health services for survivors. The move represented a dangerous escalation of the Trump administration’s increasingly hardline stance at the United Nations by foisting its regressive agenda on the UN Security Council.

Forced Birth; Ivanka Goes to Africa; and the UN Leadership Gap

The Trump administration undermines women's rights and access to sexual and reproductive health care at every turn. Stay up-to-date with the latest edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

Sama Pushes for Progress on Maternal Health and Rights in India

IWHC spoke with our grantee partner Sama, a resource group based in India, about its work to improve maternal health and rights through research, fact finding, and advocacy. IWHC has funded and supported Sama since 2016, and we have partnered in global advocacy spaces for more than two decades.