Creating a better world for women in Zambia

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Around the world, Ipas employs staff who are passionate about human rights and dedicated to ensuring that women have access to the health care they need, when they need it. Clinicians, advocates and researchers, many have given up more lucrative careers in order to work on a stigmatized issue like abortion.

It is always a pleasure, therefore, to see our colleagues recognized for their hard work and dedication. In March, the national newspaper the Times of Zambia recognized Ipas Zambia Policy Advisor Mary Mulenga's career working for the rights of women and girls. Prior to joining Ipas several years ago, Mulenga was executive director of the the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Zambia, building them into a leading voice for the rights of women and girls in Zambia. At Ipas, she addresses one of the leading causes of maternal deaths in her country, unsafe abortion. "With the advancement in medical technology, women should not be dying like that from maternal deaths, and besides that, people should not stigmatize this even when it is the reality on the ground," she said.

The full article can be read here.