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 bold—focused 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.