‘Come together and build the future’:International Planned Parenthood embraces new strategy as it celebrates its 70th anniversarye birthday
London/Bogota – The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the world’s largest sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) organization, celebrates its 70th anniversarye anniversary by embracing a new and bold global strategy.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation was founded on November 24, 1952 in an act of international solidarity between eight national family planning organizations[i]. Now a network of more than 108 independent Member Associations (MAs) working in more than 140 countries around the world, IPPF has made its mark on the world over the past 70 years by providing quality SRHR services and enforcing laws and policies across the globe. help transform the world.
But faced with a changing and challenging global landscape, IPPF marks its 70th anniversarye anniversary with a renewed strategic vision. More than 300 members of IPPF MAs endorsed the new six-year strategy – Getting together – at her General Assembly in the Colombian capital Bogota, where she commits to building a future where more people in more places have what they need to enjoy their rights to sexual and reproductive dignity and well-being.
IPPF works in six regions around the world, prioritizing the Americas and the Caribbean due to the challenges it faces, investing 25% of its resources through its new regional office. The region has the second highest rate of teenage pregnancy, with 63 unintended pregnancies per 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19[ii]primarily among those who have little or no access to essential sexual and reproductive health services or educational opportunities.
Kate Gilmore, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, said:
“Our daring ‘Getting together’ strategy confirms that human rights for all are at the heart of our Federation. Our new strategy commits us to urgent and targeted human rights action so that millions more have what they need through our healthcare, information and advocacy live and love free from fear, discrimination and exclusion.
“There are tough challenges to face: political attacks on sexual and reproductive rights; growing inequality in terms of poverty, racism, sexism and homophobia; armed conflict, intimate violence; structural injustices and the climate crisis. These abuses undermine the rights of billions of people around the world, including sexual and reproductive rights.
“IPPF stands up for and with those who are denied their dignity in their sexual and reproductive lives. Across the world, we will strengthen our work in solidarity with local communities to better realize sexual and reproductive rights for all and stand together against those who propagate bigotry, dismantle protections and promote exclusion.”
The new strategy contains an ambitious work program for the next five years and provides a compelling focus on revitalizing the Federation. It is accompanied by a statement of intent against racism, a statement of public accountability to continue working internally and externally to dismantle racism. The Secretariat and the MAs – will be committed to a fully inclusive and respectful federation that provides equal opportunity for all, and ensures that IPPF emerges unequivocally as an anti-racist organisation.
The IPPF General Assembly also marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Friday, November 25, 2022.
Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, said:
“In recent years, we have seen the devastating impact of political, social and economic upheaval on the bodies of women and girls, with growing inequalities exacerbated by environmental destruction and ongoing humanitarian crises.
“It is also no secret that we are dealing with increasing threats from a sinister opposition actively attacking people sexual and reproductive rights and freedoms alongside reduced funding and pledges from world leaders.
“IPPF will continue to evolve and transform so that we can stand up powerfully and fearlessly to support those who are excluded, excluded and left behind, especially the young and the most marginalized. Through our new strategy, member associations, the lifeblood of the Federation, will help millions of others enjoy their sexual and reproductive health, rights and freedoms.
Turning 70 is also a time for IPPF to embody the change it wants to be. We will be building for the next six years the Federation from within, reexamining and affirming our values and a springboard to the Declaration of intent against racism with open and fearless dialogue and action to address colonial legacies within IPPF.”
What IPPF will do
The very existence of IPPF shows how universal the demand for sexual and reproductive health and rights is, with MAs cumulatively delivering more than 1 billion[iii] services between 2016 and 2022, including contraception services, STD treatments, abortion care, maternity care and much more.
IPPF’s humanitarian reach has also grown exponentially, with IPPF providing sexual and reproductive health services to more than 6 million people in acute humanitarian and fragile environments by 2021.
But with the number of women with an unmet need for family planning at 163 million[iv]the current trajectory to close the global gender gap towards 135.6[v] year and 274[vi] million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2022 – a 39[vii] million increase from 2021, there is much more to do.
To increase impact and reach, IPPF is committed to a bold and catalyzing transformation driven by young people. To broaden access to the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights, IPPF’s new strategy establishes four central pillars:
- Center care on people. IPPF will provide high-quality, person-centred care to more people in more places.
- Move the sexuality agenda. IPPF will push for the social and legislative changes needed to make universal sexual and reproductive rights a reality for more people.
- Solidarity for change. IPPF will build bridges to other movements, sectors and communities where sexual and reproductive health and rights can also help advance other human rights causes.
- Cherish our Federation. IPPF will make its core values more explicit and apply their implications more comprehensively across the Federation to unleash a stronger collective power for deeper global solidarity that can have a greater impact.
How IPPF will do
The Federation will focus its resources on excluded and marginalized people. It will stand shoulder to shoulder with those young people, individuals and communities who bear the brunt of stigma and prejudice. Every step of the way, IPPF will defend, protect and celebrate safety, pleasure and well-being in sex and reproduction.
IPPF will also work with governments to help shape laws, policies and standards, including through feminist action and international solidarity, and work to remove restrictions that infringe on dignity, freedom of choice and well-being. At every opportunity, IPPF will expose powers and authorities that, through policy, practice and legislation, undermine human rights in the intimate realms of sex and reproduction.
IPPF’s work is closely intertwined with wider human rights struggles, anti-racist and climate survival, social justice and equality movements. IPPF will also promote global solidarity by coming together with like-minded sectors and actors to save lives, communities and countries.
Throughout, IPPF will be responsible for what it does, how it does it and whose lives it affects. To accelerate its anti-racism agenda, IPPF will distribute an Anti-Racism Letter of Intent across the Federation, to strengthen belonging and accountability for and to all its members and to ensure that fair and equitable systems are in place to guide action and to bring about meaningful change to which it is committed.