International Women's Health Coalition

The International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health (SRRH) of all women and young people, particularly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, by helping to develop effective health and population policies, programs, and funding.
Sep 21, 2012

Watch this Video and Celebrate Girls on October 11th!

APAD member and child marriage survivor
APAD member and child marriage survivor

Did you know that every year around the world, an estimated 10 million girls under the age of 18 are married, usually against their will? October 11, 2012 is the first-ever International Day of the Girl declared by the United Nations. Let’s celebrate girls by allowing them to be girls not brides.

In Cameroon, it is estimated that 36% of girls are married before they are 18*. But in the Extreme North of Cameroon, where IWHC’s partner APAD is based, nearly 80% of girls enter early and forced marriages.

This spring when IWHC visited with APAD, some of the young women shared their stories and explained how they are working to change the cultural values that lead to girls being married off as children.

Watch our new short video to hear about their experiences and learn about how APAD is using your donations to ensure that girls have a choice and a chance.

Three things you can do right now to celebrate girls and help end early and forced marriage:

  1. ASK your friends and family to support APAD directly.
  2. SHARE this video on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. TWEET or write a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to end child marriage.

*Check out this interactive world map on child marriage released by the Ford Foundation to learn more.

Jun 26, 2012

Write a Message to Demand Female Condoms For All

Tell the world what you think.

You generously supported IWHC's partner SWAAC to provide female condoms in Cameroon. SWAAC is a member of the Universal Access to Female Condoms Campaign, which aims to make female condoms available, accessible and affordable to all.

The Campaign hopes to gather 30,000 paper dolls - with personal messages demanding that female condoms are affordable and accessible to all - to create a continuous chain to be displayed on July 27th at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, setting a new Guinness World Record and highlighting the global demand for female condoms.

Write your message on a paper doll here:

Please spread the word about this action that only takes a few seconds to make a huge difference in the lives of women around the world.

Thank you!


Jun 22, 2012

US Stands Strong in Fight Against Forced Marriage

Young Girls at an APAD Community Meeting
Young Girls at an APAD Community Meeting

Dear Friends,

Thank you again for supporting IWHC's partner APAD to end early and forced marriage in Cameroon! We want to let you know that you aren't alone in this fight. The US Senate also stands with us to protect girls worldwide...

Senate Stands Strong in Support of the Rights of Millions of Girls

by Ellen Marshall on May 25, 2012 (Originally posted on IWHC's blog Akimbo)

The U.S. Senate has once again demonstrated its support for preventing the early and forced marriage of millions of girls by passing the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act on the Senate floor by voice vote yesterday evening. Just as they did in December 2010, Senators have unequivocally agreed: the United States has a role to play in working with national governments and local communities to ensure that early and forced marriage is recognized as a human rights violation, minimum age at marriage laws are enacted and enforced, and girls and their communities receive the information and services they need to stop marrying girls before they are ready and willing so they have a choice and a chance to fulfill their potential.

Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are steadfast champions on this issue and deserve immense praise for their leadership to ensure this bipartisan legislation passed. Please take a moment and thank them for their work to end early and forced marriage. We now look to the Administration to do its part to ensure that sufficient attention and resources are directed to girls most in need to prevent more marriages from occurring and to support married adolescents. Together, we can all do our part to end this practice and secure the basic human right of all people to decide if, when, and whom they marry.

...And don't forget to share this project with your friends and networks. We still need to raise $4,200!

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