The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has been recognized as a very high scorer in the 2022 Global Health 50/50 Report entitled Boards for All? A review of power, policy and people on the boards of organisations active in global health.
This is the first time Global Health 50/50 have included an analysis board membership across 147 global health organizations, alongside their annual analysis of gender-related policies and practices of 200 organizations.
IPPF obtained the highest possible score for board diversity of G based on a review of our board policies and practices that have specific measures in place to promote diversity, inclusion and representation that are publicly available. IPPF’s current board has nine women, one-third are young people under 25 years of age, and over half are nationals from low-and middle-income countries.
In addition, for the first time this year, Global Health 50/50 2022 have accessed and consolidated organizations performances across the past 3-5 years. IPPF is one of 19 organizations recognized as a very high scorer, and places IPPF in the top 10% of sample organizations used in the report.
IPPF’s Seri Wendoh, Global Lead for Gender & Inclusion said:
“Once again, IPPF has been recognised as a very high scorer in the Global Health 50/50 for our gender-related policies and practices. Once again, this is a testament to the dedication of colleagues and the work that is being done behind the scenes at IPPF to meaningfully include and implement gender equality, diversity and inclusion at the core of organization. As always there is more we need to do, but I have no doubt that we will continue to listen, to learn, and to act deliberately to ensure IPPF is an even more inclusive, feminist and diverse organization where everyone feels seen and valued.”
Kate Gilmore, IPPF’s Board of Trustees chair said:
“Nothing makes me prouder when sitting in an IPPF board meeting to look across at my fellow trustees in all our diversity, with our different lived experiences, at different stages of life, with our mix of expertise and our global reach and relevance. That’s what makes IPPF such a unique and special place to be a part of. It’s why it is a privilege to chair such a board. It is also why I am very proud that Global Health 50/50 has given us the highest possible score for our Board’s dedication to diversity, inclusion and global representation, as well as identifying IPPF as a consistent very high scorer for our gender-related policies and practices.”
IPPF’s Director-General Dr Alvaro Bermejo said:
“I’m pleased to see that IPPF is a very high scorer in the 2022 Global Health 50/50 report and received the highest possible score for our board diversity, inclusion and representation. Our diversity allows us to keep challenging ourselves and committing to improving how we center people in our care and help them exercise their full sexual and reproductive rights and freedoms. For global membership organizations, maximising diversity and inclusion at all levels is investing in a richness of knowledge, expertise and lived experiences, which can accelerate our common goal of providing the best possible care to those who walk through our doors.”
Professor Sarah Hawkes and Professor Kent Buse, Co-Directors, Global Health 50/50 said:
Congratulations to IPPF on their strong performance in the 2022 Global Health 50/50 Report. Through commitment, learning and action IPPF showcases that progress towards gender equality and the more equitable sharing of power and opportunity in global health is possible in the collective effort to deliver health for all. Bravo!”
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