Gender equality

Gender equality is a human right. It is also essential for eradicating poverty and improving the lives of future generations. Gender equality is at the heart of all our programming and advocacy work. IPPF pushes for legal and policy reforms which combat female genital mutilation (FGM), early forced marriage and other forms of gender discrimination.

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IPPF member association SOFHA (Somaliland Family Health Association) are working hard to educate their local communities on the harm of female genital mutilation (FGM). Slowly, but surely, attitudes are changing.
After tropical cyclone Gita, the IPPF Humanitarian team were deployed to Tonga where they met Leilani. Leilani identifies as a 'Leiti' (transgender woman) and she is fighting the stigma and discrimination surrounding the Leiti and LGBTI+ community.
Amal Ahmed, the executive director of our Member Association in Somaliland (SOFHA) recounts her personal experience of being one of the 97-98% of young girls forced to undergo female genital mutilation in Somaliland.
Since 2014, the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) has provided comprehensive medical and psychological care to women and girls in Ireland who have experienced FGM. The FGM Treatment Service is publicly funded which enables the IFPA to provide care to affected women and girls free of charge.
For the first time men and adolescent boys, sexual and reproductive healthcare needs are put in the spotlight.
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The Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH Serbia) decided to challenge gender stereotypes in Serbian society through the act of theatre-based workshops. Boys and girls participate and literally walk in one another's shoes to help challenge and dismantle 'gender roles'.
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Today marks the International Day of the Girl Child. Girls are often the ones to suffer firsthand from the lack of access to sexual and reproductive services. We will continue to fight for girls everywhere to not only have access ...
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Men's sexual and reproductive health needs are often unfulfilled due to a combination of factors, including a lack of service availability, poor health-seeking behaviour among men, health facilities often not considered "male-friendly".
After being diagnosed with HIV, Lakshmi received training and information on HIV and has since dedicated her life to supporting people with HIV.
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IPPF recognizes that investing in gender equality is essential both as a means for fulfilling SRHR and as an end in itself. Sexual and reproductive health and rights will only be achieved when there is gender equality.