Local women’s organizations are the most effective driver of change for women’s rights, everywhere. For nearly 35 years, IWHC has financially supported feminist organizations in more than 40 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, that advance sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls.

IWHC employs a trust-based philanthropy model that provides sustained and flexible funding as well as customized technical assistance defined in consultation with each organization. We listen to grantee partners and create a true partnership that supports their strategic priorities, fortifies the work of their organizations, and bolsters a global movement of resilient advocates who fight for sexual and reproductive rights.

IWHC’s grantmaking is boldfocused on the policy issues that local advocates have identified as most strategic, and often, most difficult. This approach has helped achieve groundbreaking victories for women and girls, including:

  • The integration of comprehensive sexuality education into school curricula;
  • Improved access to youth-centered and gender-based violence services;
  • Legislative and policy reforms that increase and/or protect access to abortion; and,
  • Strengthened national, regional, and global advocacy networks.

Ambitious advocacy requires renewal, and IWHC continues to identify new partnerships, strategies, and opportunities to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.

Latest News

IPPFWHR Announces a New Feminist Alliance

  • June 3, 2021

IPPFWHR is today announcing the early launch of a new global feminist alliance, combining the many decades of experience and relationships with CHANGE and IWHC.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • June 3, 2021

Statement available in Arabic, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. What is the status of IWHC? The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), IPPFWHR and CHANGE are joining forces under the IPPFWHR umbrella to establish a leading…

Argentinean Senate Votes to Legalize Abortion

  • December 30, 2020

In a watershed moment for reproductive rights, today the Argentinean Senate approved a bill to legalize abortion. IWHC celebrates the decisive vote as a monumental victory for human rights and the people of Argentina.

Unstoppable: IWHC’s 2019 Annual Report

  • June 8, 2020

For over 35 years, IWHC has advocated fearlessly, funded strategically, and partnered with feminists globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and achieve gender justice. In our 2019 Annual Report, Unstoppable, we demonstrate the power of feminist movements, celebrate the immense progress that has been made on women’s rights, and outline our…

Feminists Defend Abortion Access Amid Pandemic

  • May 7, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened abortion access, feminists worldwide have organized in defense.

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