Over the course of a month in San Ignacio, Belize, I spoke with women about their experiences in their relationships and in their communities with regard to family planning. These women, whose ages ranged from 24 to 50, were open and generous when sharing their stories. We talked about a variety of things, like where they learned about sex and... READ MORE


You know where I get birth control pills? I get them in my mailbox. Every three months, I receive a large, white envelope that gives me the freedom to choose when and whether to have a child. I thought about this envelope when I was in the jungle in Peru, where many women live their entire lives with no access to contraceptives.


Lights! Camera! Action!


I stepped into a rainbow. Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) was awash with colour, ushering in the launch of the KISS (Keepin' it Sexy and Safe) Lounge. I felt like I was in an amusement park – Safer Sex Land, maybe? The walls were vibrantly painted and bursting... READ MORE


I stumbled through the door at the end of my second day in Belize and unceremoniously threw myself onto the bed. This day had been as exhausting and enlightening as the first, which isn't a bad problem to have when you're traveling for work. Driven in a spacious van, our team moved from place to place, interview to interview, and meeting to... READ MORE


Was that dark and erratic line a river? I pressed my nose up against the window of the plane, peering out in fascination at the scenery thousands of feet below. I was moments away from landing in Belize.


“The quality of care in the public health care system is very poor," said Neuci, a mother of two teenage daughters who lives in Cachoeirinha, Brazil. Cachoeirinha is a large favela located outside Rio de Janeiro. It is a neighborhood where poverty, violence, and drug use are rampant, and the rate of HIV/AIDS has soared.


My grandmother was a wise woman. By word and deed, the matriarch of my family taught us all about life. She passed her insights on to my mother who, in turn, shared them with me. Like many Barbadian women, my grandmother was fond of proverbs, dishing out these pearls with a liberal hand. When I think of my grandmother, I think of the sensible... READ MORE


Elba Luz Villalobos Navarro is a 62-year-old woman from El Salvador with long graying hair and a kind smile. Two years ago, a doctor in a public health clinic told Elba she was displaying symptoms of cervical cancer. He told her to buy a $40 cream to treat the symptoms, but did not give her a prescription or tell her what the cream was for. Not... READ MORE


In June 2011, I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with IPPF/WHR to celebrate the opening of a new clinic. Although I was only there for a couple days, the trip had a big impact on me. Seeing the work of Profamil, IPPF/WHR's Member Association, affirmed my strong... READ MORE

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