Welcome to the Bikini
Welcome to the first post of IPPF/WHR’s blog, the Bikini. In it, we will cover all of the key sexual and reproductive health areas. We are launching our blog today in honor of World AIDS Day.
I should note, however, that this is not a blog only about HIV and AIDS. It is a space where we can candidly discuss issues fundamental to all aspects of the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement. While many of the problems our work seeks to address remain complex, IPPF/WHR has never wavered in its efforts to ensure that all people have the information and services they need to make independent and informed decisions about their health and wellbeing. And this blog is part of that effort.
The Bikini will serve as an online forum for ideas and will give our readers a closer look at our work. In addition to information and services, IPPF works to ensure that sexuality is recognized both as a natural and precious aspect of life and as a fundamental human right, that choices are fully respected, and that stigma and discrimination have no place in our world. Each day, our staff and volunteers make these values into reality. The Bikini will tell you stories about their daily challenges, victories, and aspirations.
Working closely with our partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, we hear stories often untold in other venues. This region of great extremes is often overlooked in the global perspective. Its relative economic prosperity hides the disparity between rich and poor, and access to health services is inequitable. This is just one of the themes we hope to examine in the Bikini. As providers of sexual health services and education, we have seen examples of projects and programs that are having an impact on people’s lives. We know that access to services and information makes a positive difference. In this space we also want to share the stories of our Member Associations, who despite great obstacles, offer strategic responses to numerous health and development questions. In the coming months, we will show you the people who are working to rebuild Haiti. We will share the writings and reflections from supporters who recently visited our Member Association in Colombia.
With that said, today seemed like a good beginning. Started on the first of December in 1988, World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice, and improving education. This year’s World AIDS Day theme is 'Universal Access and Human Rights' – two concepts that are formative to IPPF’s work. On World AIDS Day, we join fellow AIDS advocates in calling for a worldwide commitment to prevention, treatment, care, and support for those living with HIV, as well as recognition of their human rights and we invite you to read The Bikini and tell us what you think.