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Review for International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, New York, NY, USA
My experiences with IPPF/WHR have mostly been at elevated levels of global and regional policy discussions and programme review, but I have seen them work with people recognized and promoted from more grass roots activities and recognize and value their various contributions and how they model responsible and, at times, courageous behavior that advances women’s welfare. I have had the pleasure of working with members of the organization for over a decade, most intensively during the period five to seven years ago, and treasure their dedication and focus.
IPPF/WHR seeks to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women, and men, throughout the hemisphere and the world. Talented people devote themselves to providing access to quality services at the local level, fostering closer relations and effective partnerships with champions and pioneers at community and national levels and working tirelessly to see that policy makers value women’s needs and opportunities. They champion a respectful human rights perspective to empower women in all aspects of their lives and give special attention to poor and neglected community members, most particularly to young people, whose perspectives they fully respect and reinforce. They help give voice to the unheard. They do their work even in inhospitable settings, where cultural and religious traditions constrain opportunities and choices.
I have attended regional meetings and seen vivid exchanges by members on how to improve relations with community members, how to use courts and human rights bodies to improve access to health services and how to improve the accountability of governments to implement their pledges made at international conferences. I have had the pleasure of following their publications and communications, which engage readers and provide them with evidence and information they need. I have seen several extraordinary young women advance through the organization (and sometimes move out into significant positions outside) after demonstrating their effectiveness locally. They are an inspiration to all of us in the field. Latin America is a model to the world on how women can mobilize to demand and obtain their rights, including to access to resources and health services and to freedom from gender-based violence. IPPF/WHR has been a tireless actor and engaged partner, with many others, working to make continued progress a reality.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
International policy discussions. Developing and disseminating sensitive and supportive guidelines for service providers that have improved national health programs. Producing publications that inspire and mobilize both beneficiaries and the under-served. Identifying best practices in the region that can serve as models elsewhere.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Experiment with more ways to mobilize resources locally (insurance schemes, partnerships with the private sector, etc.) to advance the realization of basic rights.
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It reaches out to a wide range of activists supporting women's rights and engages them.
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