We believe in a world where every woman and girl can determine her own future.
Each year, millions of women and girls around the world have unsafe abortions. We’re working to bring that number to zero.
Ipas is the only international organization solely focused on expanding access to safe abortion and contraceptive care. Across Africa, Asia and Latin America, we work with partners to train abortion providers, connect women with vital information so they can access services, and to advocate for safe, legal abortion.
Our work is urgent
Millions of women and girls suffer serious, often permanent injuries as a result of unsafe abortion, and tens of thousands of women die. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Around the world, our programs strive to improve reproductive health services for women and girls, increase their access to these services, and expand their sexual and reproductive rights.
We Stand for Justice
As committed human rights advocates and caring neighbors, we join in the nation’s collective outrage and pain following the killing of George Floyd and the brutal treatment of so many Black people and people of color.We stand with Black communities around the country in frustration, in anger, in pain and in protest.
White supremacy in global health
“In the global health and human rights community, where I sit professionally, there’s been a lot of discussion in the last few years about decolonizing global health,” writes Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar in a piece published by Think Global Health. “What we don’t talk about explicitly enough, however, is how white supremacy operates in this sector… The linkages between colonialism and patriarchy, between racial justice and gender justice are undeniable. They have—and still do—oppress Black and brown women.” Read her piece
More on decolonizing health care
America must stop using international aid to export anti-abortion ideology by Ipas’s Anu Kumar and Patty Skuster in The New Humanitarian
Decolonizing health care: A Facebook Live conversation with Ipas’s Anu Kumar and SisterSong’s Monica Simpson.
On August 3, junior and high school students across Indonesia were able to watch from home, via statewide television, a short “coming of age” film highlighting the complexities of teenage pregnancy. In fact, they were required to watch it.
Learn how the pandemic is impacting abortion care
Our impact in 2019
Contraceptive care methods—including postabortion and standalone—provided
We’ve learned that when we work to empower women, we need to include men in the process if we want to see real change. Watch Bolivian youth leaders Alexander Huayta Lugarani and his girlfriend Kosset Anahi Mamani Coaquira talk about their work to break down machismo and show young people that men can play a crucial role in supporting women’s reproductive rights.
The Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act, introduced in the U.S. Congress on July 29 by Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, would repeal the Helms Amendment—a racist policy that for nearly 50 years has denied access to abortion services to Black and brown women living in low- and middle-income countries.