Ipas works to prevent sexual violence and unintended adolescent pregnancy in Latin America

Friday, October 9, 2015

International Day of the Girl, recognized on October 11, calls for a movement toward gender equity by investing in and empowering girls. Ipas programs in Bolivia, Mexico and Central America are making this investment through initiatives to end sexual violence against adolescent girls—and to empower them to prevent unwanted pregnancy. “Adolescent girls are disproportionately affected ...

Human rights experts issue joint statement on need to address safe, legal abortion in UN 2030 Agenda

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Last week, the UN General Assembly adopted its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs) such as to eradicate poverty, take urgent action on climate change, and promote health and gender equality for global cooperation over the next 15 years. The SDGs take a multi-sectoral approach to development. Access to safe abortion care can be ...

Break the silence. Stop the stigma.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Abortion stigma is global; women in every country—regardless of the legal status of abortion—are shamed for seeking or for having an abortion. This is discrimination, and it affects anyone associated with abortion: women who have had an abortion or who may seek one and providers of abortion care. Stigma around abortion harms women. It prompts secrecy, silence and shame—all of ...

UN Launches Global Strategy for Women’s Health

Friday, October 2, 2015

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, supported by commitments from governments, international organizations, the private sector, foundations, research and academic institutions, and other key civil society partners, including Ipas. It outlines ambitious yet achievable targets that ...

Rwanda’s penal code puts women and girls at risk of unsafe abortion and imprisonment

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hundreds of Rwandan women and girls are unjustly harassed, arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned each year on abortion-related charges, according to a new report from Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD). Even though the Rwandan penal code was revised in 2012 to permit abortion for some indications, the report describes how legal, cultural and other ...

Welcome CEO and President John Hetherington

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ipas’s new president officially began work September 15. John Hetherington brings more than 20 years of experience working in global development—in some of the world’s most difficult areas. “I was lucky to be able to work in reproductive health for about 18 years and that led me to want to work on abortion and for Ipas,” Hetherington says.