In the early 1950s, a group of women and men started to campaign vociferously and visibly for women’s rights to control their own fertility.
Family planning as a human right challenged many social conventions. Campaigners faced great hostility to gain acceptance for things that we take for granted today. Some were imprisoned. But they emerged determined to work with different cultures, traditions, laws and religious attitudes to improve the lives of women around the world. And so, at the 3rd International Conference on Planned Parenthood in 1952, 8 national family planning associations founded the International Planned Parenthood Federation. IPPF.
60 years later, the charity is a Federation of 152 Member Associations, working in 172 countries. It runs 65,000 service points worldwide. In 2011, those facilities delivered over 89 million sexual and reproductive health services.
All people are free to make choices about their sexuality and well-being, in a world free of discrimination.
Building on a proud history of more than 60 years of achievement, we commit to lead a locally owned, globally connected civil society movement that provides and enables services and champions sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, especially the under-served.
Their core values guide the way they undertake their work. They believe:
in social inclusion with a demonstrated commitment to enable the rights of the most under-served to be realised
in diversity, respecting all regardless of their age, gender, status, identity, sexual orientation or expression
their passion and determination inspire others to have the courage to challenge and seek social justice for all
in the significant contribution our volunteerism delivers across a range of roles and as activists inspiring the Federation to advance its mission
in accountability as a cornerstone of trust which is demonstrated through high performance, ethical standards and transparency.
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