IPPF congratulates Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng on her appointment as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) warmly welcomes the appointment of Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

Dr T, as she is known, is a South African doctor, women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health activist, and the author of the bestseller ‘Dr T: A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure’.  She is a long-time and powerful advocate for women’s rights and has repeatedly highlighted the importance of access to safe abortion as part of comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare.

IPPF Director-General Dr Alvaro Bermejo said:

“IPPF is delighted at the news of Dr Mofokeng’s appointment and congratulates her most warmly. There is no one suited better to this position.

 

As a provider of safe abortion care herself, Dr Mofokeng has seen what happens when it is denied to women by those who would coerce them against their will through a full pregnancy. It leads only to their suffering and preventable deaths.

 

We know Dr Mofokeng will bring her extensive expertise in healthcare as well as her knowledge of how health is intrinsically linked to gender, socioeconomic and racial equality to this very important role. We wish her every success and offer IPPF’s unqualified support.”

 

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