16 Days: Building an Alliance to End Gender-based Violence in Central America

In Latin America, up to a third of women experience gender-based violence, including psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. Since 2008, IPPF has been part of a UNFPA regional project, Salud y Justicia Para Mujeres Ante la Violencia Sexual, which has been working to improve access to legal justice and ensure quality health services for victims of sexual violence in Central America.


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16 Days: SPRINTing Towards Change - Sex and Pregnancy in Emergencies

16 Days: SPRINTing Towards Change - Sex and Pregnancy in Emergencies

Crises, whether human-induced or caused by natural hazards, can inflict untold suffering and hardship, particularly on women and girls who are more vulnerable to rape and other forms of gender-based violence. It is estimated that tens of thousands of women and girls are subjected to sexual assault in conflict situations each year around the world. Problems related to sexual and reproductive health are the leading cause of death and ill health globally for women of childbearing age. In crises, this vulnerability increases, while access to services decreases. 


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16 Days: PROFAMILIA's Dr. Ramirez Heals the Pain of the Soul

A Note of Thanks from Carmen Barroso on International Volunteer Day

On the occasion of the United Nations International Volunteer Day, the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) commends the many men, women, and youth throughout our region who selflessly volunteer their time and talent.


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16 Days: PROFAMILIA's Dr. Ramirez Heals the Pain of the Soul

“I’m not just a doctor of the body; I am a doctor of the soul.”

Dr. Maria Isabel Corea Ramirez is a kind woman with a large smile, soothing eyes, and a calm demeanor. As the director of PROFAMILIA’s clinic in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, a small township 22 kilometers east of Managua, she oversees several programs that bring essential health services—such as contraception and prenatal care—to thousands of people each year.

“I’m not just a doctor of the body; I am a doctor of the soul.”


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16 Days: ¡Basta! The Health Sector Addresses Gender-Based Violence

16 Days: ¡Basta! The Health Sector Addresses Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence includes any act or threat of physical, sexual, or psychological aggression against a woman. According to the World Health Organization, 1 out of every 4 women reports having been subjected to gender-based violence by an intimate partner. Considering the harmful effects it can have on a woman’s sexual and reproductive health, IPPF/WHR developed a regional project to combat gender-based violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. One result was ¡Basta!


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16 Days: PROFAMILIA Colombia's International Day of No Violence Against Women

16 Days: PROFAMILIA Colombia's International Day of No Violence Against Women

Last year, PROFAMILIA Colombia collected artwork from around the world for an International Day of No Violence Against Women. The collection was a part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and raised awareness about the right of women to live without the threat of gender-based violence.


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16 Days: Evidence from the Stigma Index on HIV and Gender-based Violence

16 Days: Evidence from the Stigma Index on HIV and Gender-based Violence

Damaging gossip, harsh stares, aggressive remarks, exile. These are just a few forms of stigma and discrimination regularly faced by people living with HIV. A growing body of evidence has shown that women living with HIV/AIDS often face an increased risk for gender-based violence.


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16 Days: The Integration of HIV and Gender-based Violence

News from the Region

Below are news stories, blog posts, and other resources released this week regarding sexual and reproductive health Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean:

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Integration as a Holistic and Rights-Based Response to HIV/AIDS | Women's Health Issues

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16 Days: The Integration of HIV and Gender-based Violence

While the number of new HIV infections has stabilized in recent years, in many parts of the world, women and girls continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the pandemic. In the Caribbean, for example, women account for more than half of people living with HIV, and young women are twice as likely to be HIV positive as young men.


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16 Days: Challenge Gender-based Violence Using Comprehensive Sexuality Education

A big perk of my job is that I get to talk a lot about sex and sexuality education to a variety of audiences. When you ask the average person (someone who doesn’t talk about sex all day) what “sex ed” is, they probably think of the classic drawing of a uterus, explanations of where babies come from, and maybe a condom demonstration on a banana. Or worse, they think of the ineffective and unscientific abstinence-only programs that are a legacy of the previous U.S. administration.


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16 Days: Does Legal Abortion in the Case of Sexual Violence Meet the Needs of Adolescents?
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