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Review for International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

IPPF is an organization that has a huge heart. I know that everyone that volunteers is really proud to carry around the name. But I know there is a lot of great NGO´s that try to make people that suffer life´s better. IPPF not only thinks of human rights, but makes a difference in two great ways from my perspective. First, we are an organization that is really there, in the ground. Our Asocciate Members help woman, young girls and men in a daily basis and are crutial in terms of the need of the most needed. Our staff is basically what makes us big. And the second, is that IPPF looks ahead always. The fact that not only the "big" boards have 20% of young people making the global o regional directions, but also de national associations boards. Young people´s perspective are gatheres as hugely essential. That´s just the top of the iceberg: young people are engaged in advocacy and ground work in mainly every country IPPF works in, engaging not only into ours issues, but putting the word-and the heart- all around.
Clearly our structure-being a global federation- is our biggest strenght and probably our biggest weakness in terms of how difficult it is to really get money-focus-efforts-etc.. everywhere. I think that tecnology is a very good way of stregthening our IPPF network, making MA´s being able to comunicate with each other and work ahead together. Cultural differences don´t mean that the issues women and young women face around the world aren´t similar, therefore giving a huge importance to comunication around the network.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I´ve personally experienced the results of this organization so strongly that, being a young volunteer that worked in a lawyer firm in chile, has decided to engage my future work in chile in our mision. My work in IPPF has made me believe that our issues are crutial and that our work really makes a difference.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I sincerely feel that our organization in general terms works extremely well, specially our western hemisphere region. If I had to make changes, i really feel that what i menationed first in terms of communication throughout the regions would really reinforce our work, even thought I feel the comunication within our western hemisphere region is very fluently between the executive directors, and between them and our regional office.

Role:  Volunteer & I am part of the Governing Council and of the Regional board for the Western Hemisphere Regiona, as well as in the Chilean board for their Country member of the Federation.