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

A Strategic Plan for Our Future: IWHC’s 2020-2024 Priorities

  • January 14, 2020

IWHC has recently launched our new strategic plan for the fiscal years 2020-2024. Download the full report to learn more about our vision, mission, values, and top goals for the next five years.

2019 Impact Report

  • December 12, 2019

In 2019, IWHC celebrated our 35th anniversary with our largest ever grantmaking budget and a new strategic plan designed to strengthen the feminist movement for years to come. Learn more about the impact of work around the world.   

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…

Grantmaking Principles

In 2018, IWHC articulated our organizational values. One year later, we are hard at work to ensure that our grantmaking strategy aligns with these values. In this process we have asked ourselves how our grantmaking model builds and sustains feminist movements, and what principles we prioritize.

Connecting the Dots for Women and Girls in Nigeria

A new feminist institute led by IWHC’s grantee partner the International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights (INCRESE) seeks to empower young people to advocate for gender equality and human rights. In a recent interview, Dorothy Aken’Ova, INCRESE’s founder, sheds light on the institute—Connecting the Dots—which…

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