Throughout history, women throughout the world have fought to have control over their own bodies. Fearless and determined women like Elise Ottesen-Jensen, Margaret Sanger, and Dhanvanthi Rama Rau went to prison for fighting for this fundamental right. Upon their release, they didn’t get demoralized—they took action. Together, they envisioned a nonprofit organization that would bridge the divide between culture, tradition, religion, and international legal frameworks to improve the lives of women.
Realizing that no international body existed to fight for sexual and reproductive rights, they founded the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) alongside organizations from around the world, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), in 1952.
Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America is one of 165 organizations that make up the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which is split into six regional offices including the Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR).
IPPF/WHR is a recognized leader in the international movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Americas, the Caribbean, and the world. We have offices in New York City and Mexico City, and have staff embedded throughout the region who have a wide range of expertise, including medicine, advocacy, and programmatic work.