Going the Distance to Provide Care in Peru

In one of the most unequal regions in the world, those who are most in need of family planning, comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services are often living in the most remote and impoverished communities. That's why the staff and volunteers at INPPARES, our local partner in Peru, travel by foot, motorcycle, and boat to ensure that quality health care reaches the country's most vulnerable people.


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Is Puerto Rico Doing Its Best for Youth?

According to a report by the ACLU, Puerto Rico has the highest per capita rate in the world of women over 14 killed by their partners. Year after year, women and girls lose their lives, and we still do not have an effective answer to end gender-based violence.


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Recognizing Achievement with the WestWind Awards

In partnership with 41 Member Associations in the Americas and the Caribbean, IPPF/WHR is making significant progress toward ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights are a reality for all in the region. Increasingly, governments are acknowledging the importance of investing in women’s health and rights.


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A Reflection on Youth Participation

Today's generation of young people is the largest the world has ever known, and it's important for Latin American and Caribbean youth to have a say in the policies that affect our lives. Although the conversations may at times be tense or challenging, young people's experiences and expertise will enrich the work for sexual and reproductive rights. Ultimately, it will build a more effective and powerful movement.


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Taking Steps Toward Gender Equality in the Caribbean

I recently conducted a sexual health training with a group of employees. After the session ended, one of the men who had attended approached me. Within earshot of the other participants, he interrogated me about whether I had children. When I told him I did not, he responded that by now—the ripe "old" age of 28—I should have found a man to “breed” me and have at least three children.


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In Response to Pope Francis' Statements on Gay Marriage, Contraception, and Abortion

"We welcome Pope Francis’ desire to find 'a new balance' within the Catholic Church and ensure it is truly ‘a home for all,’” said Carmen Barroso, Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Region/Western Hemisphere Region.


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Changing Haiti One Girl at a Time

Last month, the Haitian American Caucus held its third annual Teacher Summer Institute (TSI) in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. The purpose of TSI is to provide teachers with the tools necessary to shift the educational paradigm in Haiti, which is considered poor by World Bank standards. The theme of this year's TSI was “L'Union Fait La Force; Preparing Teachers for the 21st century.”


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Why are Rape Survivors Denied Safe and Legal Abortion?

Ecuador’s restrictive abortion laws put the health and even the lives of rape victims in danger, Human Rights Watch said in a report released last week. In late August 2013 the National Assembly is expected to debate major changes to the criminal code. It is unclear whether a proposal from a 2012 assembly discussion of lifting penalties for abortion in all rape cases will move forward in the 2013 debates.


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How are Youth Creating a World of Equality and Human Rights?

Attending the the first session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Montevideo was quite an experience. It was the first time I'd traveled to Uruguay, and my day at the youth meeting began as soon as I arrived.


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Montevideo Consensus Affirms Sexual Rights

On August 15, the first session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development concluded as representatives of 38 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean adopted an historic agreement: the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development. At this meeting to asses progress towards implementing the Cairo Programme of Action, governments recognized the important


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