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International Womens Health Coalition

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Causes: Civil Rights, Health, Reproductive Rights, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Iwhc advances the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in africa, asia, latin america and the middle east. Iwhc furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening local leaders and organizations working at the community, national, regional, and global levels, and by advocating for international and u. S. Policies, programs, and funding. Iwhc builds bridges between local realities and international policy by connecting women and young people in the global south to key decision-makers. In doing so, iwhc brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.

Programs: Strengthening international partnerships - iwhc supports and strengthens leaders and women- led organizations ("partners") in the global south advocating for the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly girls. Iwhc provides grants, technical assistance, and support for south-south exchange to partners to advocate for sexual and reproductive rights at community, national, and regional levels and to implement innovative programs and demonstrate effective approaches. It identifies and invests in organizations in key countries to be leading advocates and to strengthen the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement by serving as a reference point, connecting local to global, advancing emerging and critical issues, and supporting the next generation of leadership. It provides response and rapid funding to organizations responding to urgent opportunities or crises and trains, mentors, and supports high potential leaders to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights at all levels, particularly regional and global. It also raises the profile of partners and their work through social and mainstream media. Iwhc generates knowledge and provides thought leadership to inform and influence advocacy, policy-making, and programming on sexual and reproductive health and rights. It documents and evaluates, directly and with partners, innovative and effective program approaches and advocacy strategies. It identifies gaps in knowledge and thinking on critical issues and generates evidence and discussion on these issues. It convenes partners and other colleagues to advance knowledge and thinking on critical issues. It also maps key audiences and develops plans to reach them through dissemination of lessons generated by documentation, convening, and evaluation. It distills lessons from iwhc's advocacy and movement-building work and shares with the field. Additionally, it provides expert commentary in mainstream and social media, and in specialized publications.

advocacy and policy - iwhc influences governments, united nations (un) agencies, and other multilateral stakeholders to adopt policies and programs that advance women's and young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights, and hold them accountable for implementation. In particular, it advocates directly and with partners at relevant un and other intergovernmental processes at the regional and international levels and holds governments accountable for their commitments. It advocates directly and provides guidance to multilateral organizations (un population fund, world health organization, un women, the global fund to fight aids, tuberculosis and malaria). It educates and advocates for u. S. Government decision-makers to adopt, implement, and fund progressive laws, policies, and programs, with a focus on child marriage, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, and sexual rights. Iwhc also provides leadership to collaborate within women's rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights coalitions, and advances the leadership of marginalized persons, women, and young people from the global south. It uses online and traditional media and iwhc publications to inform and influence activists and decision-makers involved in u. S. , regional, and global policy processes.

coalition institutional capacity - iwhc seeks to strengthen its own institutional capacity to achieve operational excellence and the highest standards of programmatic work, based on overall and specific in-country strategies, with clarity about the geographic, issue and substantive focus of our investments and the timeframe for supporting partners. It monitors the progress of its own work and periodically undergoes external assessment of its impact.

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