Category: News

History in the making: A call to repeal the Helms Amendment

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.

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COVID-19 restrictions compromised abortion access for 1.85 million women in India

The first three months of India’s national lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19 compromised abortion access for an estimated 1.85 million women, according to a new study by the Ipas Development Foundation (IDF). Restrictions on travel, combined with the health system focus on battling COVID-19, have significantly impacted three points of access—public health facilities, […]

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Putting women at the center of the COVID-19 response in Malawi

Malawi has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, putting its health system under strain. The number of health-care workers is limited, and some staff have been reassigned to treating COVID-19 patients, leaving clinics that offer sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services understaffed. Travel restrictions are hindering women from accessing clinics, and in areas where […]

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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. Hundreds […]

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Ipas statement on the critical need for abortion in humanitarian settings, in response to the U.S. administration’s harmful attempts to deny health and rights, from Anu Kumar, president and CEO

En español abajo The Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back reproductive rights and deny essential health care—detailed in a letter from USAID to the UN—is yet one more despicable action in a frightening anti-rights trend. We strongly condemn the letter, which asks that all references to sexual and reproductive health be removed from the UN’s […]

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Reaching women who need contraception: A ‘real strength’ of Ipas programs

Ipas evaluation expert Sally Dijkerman talks about our impact in 2019  Ipas’s 2019 Impact Report is now available, with stories and voices that highlight the vital importance of safe abortion and contraception. Sally Dijkerman, Ipas senior research and evaluation advisor, has helped collect and analyze Ipas’s annual results for 6 years, watching our impact grow and evolve. Here […]

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Freedom of religion cannot be used to deny other human rights

In a letter submitted to the U.S. State Department, Ipas urges the Commission on Unalienable Rights to uphold international human rights commitments and not misuse the right to freedom of religion to violate the right to safe abortion care and the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people. The Commission on Unalienable Rights was formed by […]

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Ipas Nepal focuses on including marginalized women in the workforce

In Nepal, it’s been illegal to discriminate based on caste since 1962. But a person’s caste still determines their quality of life—from if they have access to education and health care, to what kind of job they can get, to where they can travel. The Musahar community—part of Nepal’s lowest caste, the Sudra—are among the […]

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Ipas Nepal creates reproductive health materials in Braille to reach visually impaired people

In Nepal, “basic reproductive health information is usually not shared or even spoken about in our communities,” says Radhika Nayaju, program officer for Ipas Nepal. And visually impaired people face additional barriers to accessing information. So Ipas Nepal has been working with the Nepal Health Education, Information and Communication Centre, the Ministry of Health and Population, and […]

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The Girls and I: Ipas Zambia director helps women develop leadership skills

Grace Tambatamba-Chiyaba, Ipas Zambia director, knows that anybody can be a leader. Tambatamba-Chiyaba is an enthusiastic mentor for both the women on her staff and women in her community. “The greatest opportunity I’ve had is to work with young women—and not so young women—on finding themselves,” she says. In Ipas Zambia’s office, Tambatamba-Chiyaba runs The […]

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India progresses in amending its abortion law

In India, 10 women die each day as a result of unsafe abortion. While abortion has been legal in the country since the 1971 passage of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, much has changed since then in terms of societal shifts and the advancement of abortion technology. For 10 years, Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) and other stakeholders have been working with the […]

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In recent penal code review, Mozambique recognizes legal right to abortion

When Mozambique’s abortion law was liberalized in 2014, it was hailed as a major step forward for expanding access to safe abortion care. The reform allowed legal abortions on request during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. But the country’s penal code—dating back to the 1800s—remained an obstacle to women’s ability to determine their sexuality […]

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