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.


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.

Expanded Attacks on Abortion, UN Commission on the Status of Women, Human Rights Reports, and the President’s Budget Proposal

The US once again expands the Global Gag Rule, CSW ends with new commitments to women's rights, and President Trump releases his 2020 budget. All this and more in the latest edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

UN Member States Reaffirm Commitment to Women’s Human Rights

  • March 23, 2019

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)—the largest annual gathering on women’s rights—ended yesterday with Agreed Conclusions that reaffirm states’ commitment to women’s human rights. IWHC welcomes the outcome as a significant achievement for women and girls worldwide.

Congress: US Must Promote Women’s Rights at the UN

  • March 15, 2019

IWHC supports a set of letters sent by members of US Congress to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which urges the US delegation to the 2019 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women not to obstruct negotiations on women's sexual and reproductive rights.

Everything You Need to Know About the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women is the largest annual gathering for women's rights worldwide. This year, nearly 10,000 advocates will join UN Member States in New York to assess progress, discuss challenges, and identify opportunities to advance gender equality.

Currie Can’t Fix the Administration’s Anti-Women Agenda

  • March 8, 2019

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Kelley Currie to ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. IWHC has serious concerns about the selection of Currie, a political appointee with no history of leadership on women’s rights or gender, by an administration that is in no position to lead on these issues.

Universal Health Coverage for Women and Girls

  • March 6, 2019

Universal health coverage has the potential to provide financial protection against catastrophic health costs and out-of-pocket expenses, enhance access to and increase the availability of medication and services, and lead to improved health outcomes. However, to be truly universal, universal health coverage schemes must be designed in ways that address the specific needs of women, adolescents, and marginalized communities.

Abortion Politics Are Isolating the US at the United Nations

Trump’s sustained anti-abortion campaign at the UN—a blatant effort to cater to the demands of an ultraconservative, one-issue voting bloc—has put global progress for women and girls at risk, and undermined America’s position as a world leader and human rights advocate.

Global HER Act, Scheming at the UN, and Religious Refusals

Is this the end of the Global Gag Rule? Why did the US try to block Bachelet's appointment to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights? And, how is the administration using religion to undermine access to health care? Find out in the edition of the Trumping Women's Rights Digest.

US Administration’s Anti-Choice Ideology Challenged at Home and Abroad

Can we finally end the Global Gag Rule? And, what does the latest turnover at the State Department mean for global sexual and reproductive health and rights? Find out in this edition of the Trumping Women’s Rights Digest.