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For International Women's Day 2019, we celebrate some of IPPF's female leaders. We speak to the Executive Director of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong and what inspired her to become a sexual and reproductive healthcare advocate and leader.
International Women's Day 2019: Abena Amoah, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, is on a mission to ensure everyone has the right to sexual and reproductive healthcare information and services.
Kalpana Apte’s passion to campaign for sexual and reproductive health and rights in India was sparked when she met a 38-year-old woman at an FPAI clinic. The woman had six living children, had two miscarriages and was desperate for contraception. That day Kalpana couldn’t help but has made it her life’s work to help others since.
For the last eight years, Fadoua Bakhadda, has been fighting for changes in the law in her role as the Executive Director of the Moroccan Family Planning Association (AMPF). Many see her as a pioneer for sexual health and reproductive rights
Dragana grew up in socialist Yugoslavia and has been the Executive Director of the Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for 12 years. A passionate advocate for gender equality, IPPF spoke to her about the challenges women and girls face in Serbia.
Lina Sabra is the Executive Director of the Lebanese Association for Family Health (SALAMA). IPPF sat down with Lina to discuss her journey into sexual and reproductive health and rights and what her plans are for advancing SRHR in Lebanon.
Two years into the Global Gag Rule, IPPF Member Association ASBEF is feeling the devastating impact on its healthcare services – but they are determined to continue providing vital healthcare services.
Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) lost $1.5 million when the global gag rule was re-introduced on January 23rd 2017. Loss of funding forced outreach programmes to close, people to lose their jobs and difficulties in obtaining commodities and supplies.
The Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA) has been providing sexual and reproductive health care since 1988. Yet, since the Global Gag Rule was reintroduced in January 2017, this vital care and support for local communities can no longer continue due to loss of funding.
On 23rd January 2017, President Trump signed an order reinstating the Global Gag Rule (GGR). An order that has denied millions of US dollars in vital funding to organisations who did not sign the order that targets abortion. IPPF visited Burundi to document the impact of the GGR on the ground.