IPPF: Still Sexy at 60

On November 29, 1952, a handful of brave women set out to create a different kind of world. One of them was Margaret Sanger, who founded the birth control movement in the United States, where she had been imprisoned for her conviction that every woman has the right to decide if and when to have children.

This courageous group of advocates believed that empowering women was vital to creating healthy families and sustainable communities. They were determined to work within different countries and cultures throughout the world to accomplish this goal. From this bold vision, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) was born.

Sixty years later, IPPF is one of the largest organizations in the world. We work out of six regional offices and in more than 170 countries to provide quality sexual and reproductive health services and defend the rights of all. Last year, The Federation as a whole provided nearly 90 million sexual and reproductive health services; in the Caribbean and Americas, we provided more than 29 million services and helped secure more than 40 national policies and legislative changes in support of sexual and reproductive rights and health.

We do this critical work because we believe in social justice. We believe that every person is equal. We do it because we believe income, age, sexual identity, and gender should not affect a person's health. We do it because we know there can be no exceptions to these values. Above all else, we do it because it's right.

To celebrate our 60th anniversary, IPPF regional offices and local Member Associations will carry out "60 Days of Action" in support of sexual and reproductive health and rights. These activities begin this week in Eastern Asia and move west, culminating in our region at the end of November.

As someone who shares our values and our conviction that every person should have access to quality health care, we want you to participate in these 60 Days of Action. We'll tell you how on our blog, as well as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. We hope you will join the celebration.

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