Providing Community Health Services to El Salvador's Most Vulnerable Groups

El Salvador is the most densely populated country in the Americas, and with the collapse of international coffee prices, the economic situation has worsened in some rural areas. The IPPF/WHR Member Association in El Salvador, Asociación Demográfica Salvadoreña (ADS), is the largest sexual and reproductive health non-governmental organization in the country. This video highlights their work with youth, rural populations, and those underserved by the public sector.


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16 Days of Activism Against Gender 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:

Ending Violence against Women and Girls | UN Women

The Consequences of “Feminizing” Latin America’s Drug War | Gender Across Borders

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Highlights from the IPPF/WHR Regional Council Meeting & Awards Banquet 2011

Highlights from the IPPF/WHR Regional Council Meeting & Awards Banquet 2011

Earlier this month, more than 200 delegates from 26 countries in Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean attended the 2011 International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) Regional Council meeting in Panama. The gathering was held to celebrate the previous year's accomplishments, assess the progress in the region, and establish an agenda for collectively accelerating sexual and reproductive health and rights.


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CPD 44: LaToya Cadogan-Williams

LaToya Cadogan-Williams

1. Number of years working with IPPF

I have been working with IPPF directly for the past year as a participant in the Ford Foundation/ IPPF Advocacy Project for Latin America and the Caribbean. I have been working with my MA for over 5 years.

2. Country and MA

Barbados,  Barbados Family Planning Association

3. Given that you're returning IPPF youth delegate, what advice would you give to the new delegates

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Advancing the right to comprehensive sexuality education in Peru

Article 8 of IPPF’s Declaration of Sexual Rights, states: “All persons, without discrimination, have the right to… comprehensive sexuality education and information necessary to exercise full citizenship and equality in the private, public and political domains.”


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What the Beijing Platform for Action means to me

The Beijing Platform for Action is a lot. But it is a good tool when advocating women´s rights. It is just a matter of finding the good SRHR writings. The platform shows that there is a global support for women´s rights even though there are some problems implementing it. There is a lot of talk and I have heard so many speakers just during the first two days of CSW saying that governments need to walk the talk, and yes that would be good!

Silvia, Sweden (RFSU)


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What the Beijing Platform for Action means to me

I think the fact that 15 years down the line, the Beijing Platform for Action is still as relevant and important to women's lives today is telling about the kind of commitment nation states actually have towards gender equality, women's empowerment and women's human rights.It seems to me as though the rhetoric remains just that and without women's rights movements, we wouldn't even have made the little progress we have.


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What the Beijing Platform for Action means to me

The CSW to me involves being prepared to forge alliances on among others, choices regarding our sexuality/ies and reproductive health so as to ensure that women’s rights are given due attention as indivisible human rights applicable to all women regardless of age, race, sexual orientation and religious belief.

What (Beijing Platform for Action) and (CSW) means to me in summary.

Being

Prepared to

Forge


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What the Beijing Platform for Action means to me

For me, Beijing means that the women of my generation, which includes my wife, nieces and my sisters, will have better opportunities in life than my own mother and grandmother who both had ten children each and by force of circumstance remained as housewives for much of their lives. With Beijing, I think that the women of today can aspire to greater things and be the persons they want to be. That will make this world a better place for both women and men, including myself.

Romeo, Philippines (ESEAOR)


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What the Beijing Platform for Action means to me

I’ve never known my world without opportunities. As a young youth activist, my possibilities have never seemed limited in Barbados, or even the Caribbean. A more critical analysis undermines this superficial belief. The Beijing Platform for Action shows all the flaws and superficial fixes that many governments have hidden behind. The BFPA is like a highlighter across the face of gender programs that are inadequate and antique, it proves that there is still much work to be done in women’s issues.

LaToya, Barbados (BFPA)


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