Strengthening Partnerships: From Local to Global

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

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.

IWHC to Honor Feminist Champions

  • March 21, 2019

IWHC will honor philanthropist and outgoing board chair Marlene Hess and Argentine activist Marta Alanis for their tireless commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights at its annual gala on April 10, 2019.

The Commission on the Status of Women: A Regional Approach

IWHC grantee partner FEMNET is a pan-African feminist organization and convener of CSW's African Women's Caucus. In this Q&A, FEMNET discusses its role and priorities at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Global HER Act Provides Opportunity to End Deadly Global Gag Rule

  • February 7, 2019

IWHC welcomes the reintroduction of the Global HER Act in the US Congress, and urges representatives and senators to protect women's rights and health by passing the bill.

IWHC Commends Kenya’s Decision to Reverse Marie Stopes Abortion Ban

  • December 20, 2018

IWHC welcomes the Kenyan government’s decision to lift the ban on abortions in Marie Stopes International clinics, and applauds the successful advocacy efforts of our grantee partner Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH).

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