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.
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.
U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky: ‘It’s past time for the Helms Amendment to fall’
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
Decolonizing health care: A Facebook Live conversation
In case you missed it, Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar joined SisterSong’s Executive Director Monica Simpson on Sept. 15 for a dynamic discussion of how we can build an even stronger global movement for reproductive justice in order to ensure the health, rights and liberation of women and girls.
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In Malawi, youth educators train chiefs to protect reproductive health during the pandemic
In Malawi, Ipas-trained youth educators on sexual and reproductive health and rights are meeting with chiefs (local community leaders) in Ndirande to help them understand how to prevent unintended pregnancies in their communities. The youth educators also work with them to protect sexual and reproductive health services as essential services that must continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. In parts of Malawi, unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion among young people appears to be rising sharply due to COVID-19 and its impact on communities.
Abortion self-care is health care. Ipas is committed to supporting a woman’s right to have an abortion using pills on her own, when and where she wants. Learn more.
Our impact in 2019
Contraceptive care methods—including postabortion and standalone—provided
In humanitarian crises, abortion care can be provided quickly and effectively.
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.