Author: Kristin Swanson

Reaching young factory workers with vital reproductive health information

Each year, thousands of young women from across Myanmar migrate to the sprawling Hlaingtharyar industrial zone in Yangon to take factory jobs. But the area has become a hot spot for unsafe abortion. Many of the young workers have little or no knowledge about sexual and reproductive health and rights, putting them on a pathway to unintended pregnancies and abortion by unsafe methods.

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We denounce white supremacy

We are deeply saddened by the violence that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in Georgia. We stand with the Asian American community, our partners and all those who fight for justice in condemning it.

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Ugandan medical student speaks out on Helms Amendment

Kizza Blair is a fourth-year medical student in Uganda and a member of Medical Students for Choice. In this Q&A, we ask him about the value of safe abortion care and the impact of the Helms Amendment, a U.S. law that restricts U.S. foreign assistance funding for abortion services and disproportionately affects Black and brown women in low- and middle-income countries.

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Direct attack on democracy

Statement from Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar:

What we saw on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol was an act of domestic terrorism, incited by the current president.  This was not an “undermining” of democracy, but a direct attack on it. 

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Making facemasks to help refugees stay safe in Kenya

In Kenya, the response to curb the COVID-19 pandemic was immediate. In late March, a countrywide quarantine was imposed—airports, schools, churches and mosques were closed, public gatherings were restricted and movement into and around the country was limited.

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Meet Tisungane Sitima, Malawi youth activist working to safeguard reproductive health services during COVID-19

Tisungane Sitima was one of the first students in the gender and development program at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi—an experience that set her on the path to becoming a champion of sexual and reproductive rights. In this Q & A, she talks about why she became an advocate and her work as chairperson of Ipas Malawi’s initiative to protect access to abortion and contraceptive services during—and beyond—the coronavirus pandemic.

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Abortion, sexuality, global health and more: A chat with South Africa’s ‘Dr T’

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng—known popularly as Dr T—you have somehow missed her ubiquitous presence on radio, TV, social media and numerous other platforms. She’s a medical doctor, sex expert and health activist. She’s a member of the South Africa Commission on Gender Equality and was recently appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. Dr. Mofokeng is also the author of A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure. She took time from her busy schedule to field some questions from Ipas.

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