Adrienne Germain

International Women's Health Coalition

Since her pioneering work in the seventies, Adrienne Germain has reshaped global policy on women’s health and rights. Under her leadership, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) has joined with the powerless and those in power to promote and protect sexual and reproductive rights and health. For over twenty years, IWHC’s policy analysis, advocacy, and direct support to local organizations working in Africa, Asia and Latin America have improved the lives of women and girls. A skilled strategist and negotiator on U.S. government delegations to world conferences on population, women, and development from 1993 to 2000, Ms. Germain helped revolutionize the way the world views population policy by making women’s health and rights central. She continues to advise governments on policy and program implementation, most notably on empowering women and girls against HIV through “With Women Worldwide: A Compact to End HIV/AIDS,” supported by more than 260 organizations. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the editorial board of Reproductive Health Matters, the boards of Gender and Rights (Denmark) and BRAC-USA, two Human Rights Watch Advisory Committees, and the Program Committee of the 2008 Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health. She served on the Millennium Development Goals Project Task Force on Child Mortality and Maternal Health; received an Honorary Doctorate from Bard College in 2001; and was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York in October 2005.