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"I decided to use this clinic because I heard a lot of success stories about it. I trust their judgment that is why I am here.” Taiwo Ogunfayo, a 33-year-old interior decorator, is a client at the Liberty Stadium Clinic ...
He seemed so nice, I felt excited. I never thought he would push me to the ground and pull my underwear down. I should have fought harder, but he was so strong. He was hurting me so much – I ...
Julie was a midwife with the Ministry of Health for 20 years before she joined the Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) as nurse and project manager for IPPF's SPRINT Initiative response in Vanuatu. When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, the SPRINT ...
Cyclone Pam, one of the most intense storms of the South Pacific Ocean, caused widespread devastation in Vanuatu’s southern provinces of Shefa and Tafea in May 2015. The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) through its humanitarian wing, the SPRINT Initiative, ...
To mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion we want to share Maria’s story. She’s a young woman in Uruguay who, like millions of other women each year, had an abortion. Although abortion is ...
Maher is a 20-year-old man living in Morocco. Homosexuality is viewed negatively and same-sex acts are punishable by up to three years in prison. Traditional gender roles are upheld and civil rights laws do not protect anyone from discrimination relating ...
Borislav is a 22-year-old gay man living in Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country with deep-rooted patriarchal values in many segments of society, very resistant to change, especially when it comes to sexual orientation. Negative attitudes and harassment towards ...
Danish is a 23-year-old from Indonesia. While the criminal code does not prohibit same sex relations between consenting adults, traditional values influence societal disapproval of the LGBTI community. Danish is a staff member of the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA) ...
Tharika is a young transgender woman aged 19 years from a remote village of Tamil Nadu. In 2014, transgender people were granted legal status of ‘third gender’ in India, however a recent reversal of the law has made same-sex acts ...
Erin from Syracuse, New York, has been a member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) for nearly five years. She joined PPFA as National Campus Organizer for youth organizing in May 2014. Prior to joining, Erin was a ...