Our mission is to secure and protect sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all by elevating women's voices, driving public conversation, and shaping U.S. global health and foreign policy.
All women and girls — and others who are discriminated against such as sex workers and transgender persons — have the right to access quality health care services and information, free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. This includes:
HIV prevention and treatment
Respectful maternal care
CHANGE knows that governments have a duty to respect, protect, and fulfill SRHR. So, we remain vigilant in our work to promote and secure SRHR in the United States and to prevent the United States from exporting policies overseas that are not based in evidence and do not advance human rights.
To be successful, CHANGE takes risks and adopts new and innovative strategies, tactics, and creative activism to create a cultural and political shift in favor of SRHR and gender equality. We apply our four-pronged approach to ensure that every woman and girl and others who face stigma and discrimination, overseas and here at home, can realize their rights.
We are located in Washington, D.C. — not unusual for an NGO that wants to have the ear of and affect U.S. policymakers and executors. Our location gives many of the people we serve around the world access to these same lawmakers. Through our signature advocacy tool, known as Reverse Co-dels, advocates, experts, and service providers from the Global South come to D.C. to educate Congress with evidence about the importance of SRHR to achieve gender equality and other development goals. They also expose how some U.S. policies adversely affects women and girls and others who face stigma and discrimination in their home countries.
“As a women’s rights organization that embraces human rights, CHANGE values a culture of respect and inclusivity. This philosophy extends beyond the doors of CHANGE’s offices. This includes our relationships with partners and colleagues all over the globe.”