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Friday, October 9, 2015

Ipas works to prevent sexual violence and unintended adolescent pregnancy in Latin America

International Day of the Girl, recognized on October 11, calls for a movement toward gender equity by investing in and empowering girls. Ipas programs in Bolivia, Mexico and Central America are making this investment through initiatives to ... More »

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Human rights experts issue joint statement on need to address safe, legal abortion in UN 2030 Agenda

Last week, the UN General Assembly adopted its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs) such as to eradicate poverty, take urgent action on climate change, and promote health ... More »

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Break the silence. Stop the stigma.

Abortion stigma is global; women in every country—regardless of the legal status of abortion—are shamed for seeking or for having an abortion. This is discrimination, and it affects anyone associated with abortion: women who ... More »

Friday, October 2, 2015

UN Launches Global Strategy for Women’s Health

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, supported by commitments from governments, international organizations, the private ... More »

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rwanda’s penal code puts women and girls at risk of unsafe abortion and imprisonment

Hundreds of Rwandan women and girls are unjustly harassed, arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned each year on abortion-related charges, according to a new report from Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development ... More »

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New report calls for release of Rwandan women and girls unjustly imprisoned for abortion

Hundreds of Rwandan women and girls are unjustly harassed, prosecuted and imprisoned each year on abortion-related charges, according to a new report from Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD). The ... More »

Monday, September 21, 2015

Welcome CEO and President John Hetherington

Ipas’s new president officially began work September 15. John Hetherington brings more than 20 years of experience working in global development—in some of the world’s most difficult areas. “I was lucky to be able ... More »

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Malawi political parties unite to reform abortion law

In a bold and unprecedented move, leaders from all 11 political parties in Malawi signed a communique—an official statement on the record—supporting both law reform on abortion and the passing of a proposed draft bill into ... More »

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Complications from unsafe abortion remain high globally:  new study findings

Roughly seven million women were treated in the developing world for complications from unsafe abortion in 2012, according to a new study by Susheela Singh and Isaac Maddow-Zimet, researchers at the Guttmacher Institute. Not only is the ... More »

Monday, August 17, 2015

Nepal to provide free abortion services at public health facilities

In a major step forward for women’s access to safe abortion care, the government of Nepal recently announced that abortion services will be available free of charge at public health facilities. Abortion has been legal in Nepal since ... More »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Members of Congress call for easing restrictions on abortion in U.S. foreign aid

Members of the U.S. Congress today released a letter sent to President Barack Obama, urging him to loosen restrictions on safe abortion care in U.S. foreign assistance, known as the Helms Amendment. The letter, signed by Reps. Eliot Engel ... More »

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The youth-friendly corner: Where all young people find safe, respectful health care

At Matero Reference Health Center in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, dedicated young volunteers staff the youth-friendly corner—a private space where young people come for counseling on sexual and reproductive health topics, ... More »

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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 ... More »

Monday, August 3, 2015

Ipas stands with Planned Parenthood

At this moment there are women around the world who need basic reproductive health care, but who have few options in health care providers. In the United States, Planned Parenthood has been an essential part of the network of reproductive ... More »

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New guidelines from WHO on health worker roles in abortion care

Health Worker Roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception is now available online from the World Health Organization (WHO).  The guidelines provide recommendations for expanding of health worker roles in ... More »

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Malawi Law Commission Calls for Liberalized Law on Abortion

The final findings of a two-year review of the Malawi abortion law were unveiled on Friday by the Malawi Law Commission, a body comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Judiciary, faith and traditional leaders, the Law ... More »

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NGOs to Obama: Helms Amendment Hurts Women in Kenya

Leading up to a scheduled visit by President Barack Obama to Kenya this week, 71 U.S.-based NGOs have written the President a letter asking him to learn more while he is there about the impact of restrictive U.S. policies on women’s ... More »

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ipas honors President and CEO Liz Maguire’s 40-year career in women’s health and rights

Ipas celebrated its President and CEO Liz Maguire, devoted leader of 16 years, at a reception on June 24 in Washington, DC. Liz is retiring in July, and friends and colleagues from her career spanning 40 years of work to improve ... More »

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Changing the world: panel discusses 50 years of U.S. family planning assistance

On Friday, June 26th, Ipas President and CEO, Elizabeth Maguire, participated in a panel marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S. international family planning program, recognized as one of the most effective programs in U.S. foreign ... More »

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Meet the expert: Global health systems guidance, curricula and service delivery tools

Katherine L. Turner, MPH, Ipas senior health systems advisor, heads a multi-disciplinary team to develop, review and update Ipas’s global health systems guidance, training curricula and service delivery tools. For over a decade, ... More »

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