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About

Learn how our coalition works together to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in humanitarian settings.

Mission

To strengthen and expand access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by crises.

What We Do

The IAWG works collaboratively to:

  • issue evidence-based technical guidance, standards, and tools to inform high-quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) service provision in humanitarian settings
  • evaluate the state of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the field, identify gaps in research and service, and generate new evidence
  • document and disseminate evidence to policy makers, managers, and practitioners
  • advocate for the inclusion of SRHR in humanitarian policies, programming, and funding
  • advocate for the inclusion of historically marginalized populations in humanitarian and development policies, programming, and funding.

How We Work

IAWG’s strength is in its diverse membership. It is led by a Steering Committee and its work is advanced by technical and cross-cutting thematic sub-working groups. The coalition is coordinated by a secretariat.

Steering Committee

Comprised of 21 member agencies, the Steering Committee shapes our strategic priorities. It is responsible for overall governance and ensuring that our priority activities, advocacy, and external communications align with IAWG’s principles. The Steering Committee elects five representatives from among its members to serve two-year terms on the Executive Committee, which oversees key financial decisions.

Associate Members

Individual and organizational associate members contribute to IAWG through their participation in one or more of its technical or thematic sub-working groups.

Online Members

Our online members engage with IAWG through our listserv and website and at selected in-person events such as IAWG’s general membership meeting. Online membership is free and open to anyone interested or working in the humanitarian or sexual and reproductive health fields.

Membership

Sub-Working Groups

Sub-working groups focus on a specific issue under the umbrella of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Each year, sub-working groups update their objectives and priority activities relevant to their area of focus. Collectively these priorities shape the IAWG’s overall terms of reference and strategy for the coming year.

Sub-Working Groups

Secretariat

The IAWG secretariat manages essential operating activities, including communications and coordination, membership, advocacy, and fundraising. The secretariat is based at the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York.

Meet the Secretariat

Become a Member

Sexual and reproductive health is a core component of primary health care, but is often forgotten or ignored. Become a member of IAWG and join our efforts to ensure access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health care for people affected by crises.