International Women’s Health Coalition celebrates 30 years of success

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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On Monday evening at a private club on West 54th Street, guests gathered for an elegant dinner to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC). The honored guest was United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ki-moon is an outspoken advocate for gender equality and reproductive rights who is admired for his tireless work to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.

IWHC presented the Joan B. Dunlop Award to Ki-moon who has been an outstanding activist working to advance the health and rights of women and girls in the Global South. Also present at the gala dinner was Ib Petersen, the permanent representative of Denmark to the United Nations. Petersen and Ki-moon both spoke at the dinner.

Some of the guest in attendance were IWHC President Françoise Girard, Founder of Action Health, Inc. Adenike Esiet, Trichen Lhagyari, Prince Ra ad bin Zeid and his wife Sarah Zeid.

The IWHC is a bold and independent voice for the rights of women and girls. They promote and protect the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people—particularly adolescent girls—in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since their founding they have created over 80 strong organizations globally and have offered more than $19 million in grants and mentorships.


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