Françoise Girard has been President of International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) since February, 2012. She is a longtime advocate and expert on women’s health, human rights, sexuality, and HIV and AIDS. Prior to that, Girardwas director of the Public Health Program at Open Society Foundations, where she was also regional director for Central and Eastern Europe and Haiti. From 1999 to 2003, she was Senior Program Officer for International Policy at IWHC, and thereafter a consultant for IWHC, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and DAWN, a network of women’s rights activists from the global South. She has played a key role in advocacy on reproductive health and women’s rights with UN agencies and at UN Conferences.
Girard serves on the Civil Society External Advisory Panel of the UN Population Fund, and on the Advisory Committee of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. She has contributed many articles to peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Adolescent Health, Global Public Health, and Reproductive Health Matters. She has been quoted by “Vice News”, “BBC Radio”, “NPR”, “Washington Post”, and “The Guardian”, among others. Girard holds an MA in Political Science from McGill University and an LLB from the Université de Montréal.