An open letter from the former, truly bold and independent voices of the International Women’s Health Coalition

  1. Marlene Hess and all board members who do not align with IWHC’s mission, IWHC President Françoise Girard; Yael Gottlieb, the Vice President of Development and Communications; the Vice President of Programs (moot); and Jessie Clyde, the Director of Grantmaking and International Partnerships step down immediately.
  2. IWHC publicly apologizes for participating in and upholding racist behaviors and willfully ignoring reports of our experiences.
  3. IWHC invests in and mandates a long-term anti-racism process for board, leadership, and all staff including a reconciliation and reparations process for all harmed.
  4. IWHC pays all staff thriving wages (at least $60k for entry level staff members) and provides equitable support within the organization, including but not limited to financial support for Black women and WOC staff to seek therapy and/or other healing services and professional mentorship opportunities outside of IWHC.
  5. IWHC releases the non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) of any former staff so they can speak their truth.
  1. IWHC restructures to allow for feminist leadership of Black, indigenous, WOC, trans and gender non-conforming people from the Global South.
  2. IWHC practices and sustains ethical and equitable hiring and staffing practices, including ceasing the practice of hiring interns and staff based on whether they are related to donors — these practices exemplify racism, classism, and nepotism. IWHC must adopt a transparent pay scale that describes the competencies needed at each level, and investigate and address racial disparities in promotions and staff departures.
  3. IWHC reflects on how co-opting the thought leadership of WOC and LGBTQI-led organizations and gentrifying global feminist movements could jeopardize much-needed funding for underresourced, grassroots feminist activists in the Global South.
  4. IWHC decolonizes its philanthropy by shifting funding away from elites within the Global South and bringing to the center those who have historically been pushed to the margins, specifically movements led by Black women, Indigenous women, young women, women with disabilities, and women from rural areas including trans and gender non-conforming people.
  5. IWHC equitably compensates grantee partners and affiliated advocates for their thought leadership and time dedicated to advancing IWHC’s advocacy goals, including providing speaker fees, compensating Advocacy in Practice participants, and intentionally shifting power to highlight IWHC grantee partners and Global South feminists as the go-to experts (rather than IWHC Global North-based staff).

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