Work Location: Central America

Central America

Director, Ipas Central America and Mexico: María Antonieta Alcalde In Central America, Ipas works in one of the most restrictive legal environments for abortion in the world. Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador have complete abortion bans; in El Salvador, women are...

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A women’s rights champion in Central America passes the torch

Marta María Blandón’s advice to young activists: Invest in partnerships, never lose sight of adversaries En Español After decades of tireless work across Central America, Marta María Blandón is widely recognized as a highly effective and passionate champion for women’s sexual and reproductive rights in the region.    “Marta María is never afraid to speak up and speak out when […]

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Doctors as champions for abortion rights

Ipas’s Dr. Guillermo Ortiz says the health needs of women should come first A movement for safe, legal abortion in El Salvador has been building in recent years, and doctors like Ipas’s Dr. Guillermo Ortiz are also starting to speak out. As an OB-GYN who practiced for more than 20 years under the country’s total […]

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Commission on Human Rights reprimands Nicaragua for continued abortion ban

Criminalization of abortion denies young sexual violence victims access to life-saving care Years of advocacy by Ipas and partners in Central America paid off last month when leaders of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a strongly worded reprimand to the Nicaraguan government for its continued violation of women’s sexual and reproductive rights. […]

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Short film highlights youth-led group’s work to fight sexual abuse with education

A new video by Ipas Central America highlights the work of a youth-led collective in Nicaragua to prevent and combat sexual abuse through training workshops with teachers, students, parents and the media. Ipas began supporting the ambitious group “Youth who believe in other youth” (Jóvenes que creemos en otros jóvenes—or “JxJ Collective” for short) in […]

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