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Keeping Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy of justice alive

By Anu Kumar, Ipas President and CEO I join so many of my colleagues who live here in the United States in a collective pledge to keep Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy of justice alive. At Ipas, our vision is of a world where everyone can determine their own future. Like...

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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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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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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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