Happy International Women's Day!

IPPF is committed to promoting gender equality. We empower women and girls to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights by extending access to life-saving services. For over 60 years, IPPF has been at the vanguard of the family planning movement, championing and fighting for rights‑based, voluntary family planning worldwide. We have been enabling girls to avoid the risks of unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion, so that they can decide their own futures. 

  • Family planning nurse answering questions at a meeting. Nigeria, 1969
    Family planning nurse answering questions at a meeting. Nigeria, 1969
  • Student nurses at a training session. c1969
    Student nurses at a training session. c1969
  • Women paying for their contraceptives at the Habiba hospital. Iraq
    Women paying for their contraceptives at the Habiba hospital. Iraq
  • Pregnant women receiving a pre-natal check up at a clinic in Katwe. Uganda, 1970.
    Pregnant women receiving a pre-natal check up at a clinic in Katwe. Uganda, 1970.
  • Family planning health workers giving a talk to a local community on contraception. Ghana, 1976
    Family planning health workers giving a talk to a local community on contraception. Ghana, 1976
  • Distributing condoms at a lottery kiosk in Accra. Ghana, 1976
    Distributing condoms at a lottery kiosk in Accra. Ghana, 1976
  • A community outreach officer visiting a local village. Ghana, c1978
    A community outreach officer visiting a local village. Ghana, c1978
  • Contraceptive counter at the family planning clinic in Kathmandu. Nepal, 1979
    Contraceptive counter at the family planning clinic in Kathmandu. Nepal, 1979
  • A mother and child at the Cubuk family planning clinic. Turkey, 1978
    A mother and child at the Cubuk family planning clinic. Turkey, 1978
  • Margaret George, one of two GPPA community outreach workers, outside her shop which distributes contraception to the local community. Grenada, 1982
    Margaret George, one of two GPPA community outreach workers, outside her shop which distributes contraception to the local community. Grenada, 1982
  • Community outreach worker visiting a father and his children. Haiti, 1983.
    Community outreach worker visiting a father and his children. Haiti, 1983.
  • Health workers at the family planning clinic running a session on types of contraceptive methods. Cyprus, 1985
    Health workers at the family planning clinic running a session on types of contraceptive methods. Cyprus, 1985
  • Shamva farm mobile clinic. Zimbabwe, 1986
    Shamva farm mobile clinic. Zimbabwe, 1986
  • Profamilia staff explains family planning methods to young mothers on the outskirts of Bogota. Colombia, c1986
    Profamilia staff explains family planning methods to young mothers on the outskirts of Bogota. Colombia, c1986
  • Young man buying contraception supplied by the BFPA to a local supermarket in St James. Barbados 1987
    Young man buying contraception supplied by the BFPA to a local supermarket in St James. Barbados 1987
  • Mobile health clinic in a slum area. Turkey, 1988.
    Mobile health clinic in a slum area. Turkey, 1988.
  • Juliette Simon, counsellor, talking with the owner of a local village hairdessers who is also a community distributor for contraception. St Lucia, 1994
    Juliette Simon, counsellor, talking with the owner of a local village hairdessers who is also a community distributor for contraception. St Lucia, 1994
  • Okyese Youth Advisory Centre near Cape Coast. Ghana, 1994
    Okyese Youth Advisory Centre near Cape Coast. Ghana, 1994
  • Beaha refugee camp; woman and baby visiting community outreach worker Sarah Andok. Ghana, 1994
    Beaha refugee camp; woman and baby visiting community outreach worker Sarah Andok. Ghana, 1994
  • PFPPA staff at the clinic in the West Bank holding an information session on family planning. Palestine, 1995
    PFPPA staff at the clinic in the West Bank holding an information session on family planning. Palestine, 1995
  • Young woman receiving the injectable contraceptive at a mobile clinic. Ethiopia, 2005.
    Young woman receiving the injectable contraceptive at a mobile clinic. Ethiopia, 2005.
  • Anishia welcomes clients at RHU's Gulu Clinic. Uganda, 2016
    Anishia welcomes clients at RHU's Gulu Clinic. Uganda, 2016
  • Young woman receiving Sayana Press at a PPFN clinic. Nigeria, 2016.
    Young woman receiving Sayana Press at a PPFN clinic. Nigeria, 2016.
  • We provide 300 services a minute, globally, providing access to family planning to reduce maternal mortality rates.
    We provide 300 services a minute, globally, providing access to family planning to reduce maternal mortality rates.
  • In humanitarian crises, we engage our youth volunteers to help us continue serving other young people.
    In humanitarian crises, we engage our youth volunteers to help us continue serving other young people.
  • By investing in women and girls, the results can be transformational for them, their families and their communities.
    By investing in women and girls, the results can be transformational for them, their families and their communities.
  • In Vanuatu, we're meeting the high unmet need for family planning. This empowers women to decide when and if, they have children.
    In Vanuatu, we're meeting the high unmet need for family planning. This empowers women to decide when and if, they have children.
  • We put young people front and centre with our extensive network of youth volunteers.
    We put young people front and centre with our extensive network of youth volunteers.
  • Through our global advocacy we fight for policy changes that empower women.
    Through our global advocacy we fight for policy changes that empower women.
  • Access to good sexual and reproductive health is a basic human right and can save lives.
    Access to good sexual and reproductive health is a basic human right and can save lives.
  • Lillian Lamunu from Uganda has Sickle Cell Disease. She came to the clinic to get tubal ligation. She explained, "I want tubal ligation. No more children, I am struggling to care for the six children I already have."
    Lillian Lamunu from Uganda has Sickle Cell Disease. She came to the clinic to get tubal ligation. She explained, "I want tubal ligation. No more children, I am struggling to care for the six children I already have."
  • Our global network of specially trained staff provides comprehensive services to the most marginalized women and girls. We never turns anyone away because of inability to pay.
    Our global network of specially trained staff provides comprehensive services to the most marginalized women and girls. We never turns anyone away because of inability to pay.

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