Safe abortion is heavily restricted in Uganda, yet gender inequality and sexual violence are widespread. Hosted by IPPF, the Safe Abortion Action Fund is helping vulnerable women to turn their lives around. People are learning about safe abortion and fewer girls are dying. Community attitudes have been transformed and social stigma has started to give way to human rights and understanding.
Nigeria has Africa’s biggest population. And it’s still growing at 3% a year. A lack of family planning is one reason – many women and girls want contraception – but like millions around the world – can’t get it. But that could be about to change, thanks to a pilot project run by Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), IPPF’s national member. It’s proving a huge success. This is its story, told by the women whose lives it has changed and the people working to change them.
IPPF never turns anyone away. In humanitarian settings we are there to improve access to life-saving services before, during and after conflict and crisis situations. Having established partnerships in 170 countries means we can respond first when a crisis occurs.
IPPF is committed to expanding access to, and increasing methods of, family planning. This includes universal access to contraception. In our approach we are dedicated to increasing new users, being youth centred and reaching the under-served.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights are critical to achieving gender equality. When women can maintain good health there are fewer maternal deaths and less illness. Women free from violence are more able to participate in social, economic and political life.