International Women's Health Coalition

Program Officer for Online Communications and Campaigns, October 2008 - Present

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is making every woman’s right to a just and healthy life a global reality. IWHC shapes international policies and budgets and builds local capacity for women’s health and human rights through partnerships with grassroots organizations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We leverage our work in these two very different but critically linked worlds to change thinking, redirect funding, and motivate action by people and institutions that can secure rights and health for women and girls. This requires a strategy in which we empower local organizations, mobilize women and young people to act, inform powerbrokers, and advocate for women in nations’ capitals and the UN.

akimboforWVSince joining the Coalition as a Program Officer in October 2008, Audacia has developed and implemented IWHC’s online communications strategy, including social media. The IWHC blog, Akimbo, was launched in March 2009 and features daily posts from IWHC staff and partners. The blog covers current events and offers perspectives on safe abortion, youth health and rights, human rights and sexuality, sexual rights and reproductive health policy, and HIV/AIDS. You can also follow IWHC on Twitter and like the organization on Facebook.

IWHC-YVbadgeIn 2010, Audacia led the redevelopment and launch of IWHC’s Young Visionaries online contest, which aims to celebrate, acknowledge, and support the exceptional and ongoing work of young people by encouraging youth to share their visions for young people and the future. The online contest garnered nominations from more than 70 young people from 26 countries, mostly in the global south. Audacia oversaw the grant for the contest’s winner, Sunita Basnet, who developed a community health initiative in her rural Nepalese village.

Audacia manages the IWHC YouTube channel, which features short videos made by staff and partners all over the world. The most popular videos include SANGRAM: Sex Worker Organizing in India and Female Condoms: Demand and Distribution, which Audacia shot and edited. Both videos have been viewed more than 20,000 times online, and the SANGRAM video has screened at film festivals in New York and Seattle.