Our History

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) was founded in 1952 at the Third International Conference on Planned Parenthood in Bombay, India. It was the result of campaigning by a handful of brave and angry women – including Margaret Sanger from America, Elise Ottesen-Jensen from Sweden, and Dhanvanthi Rama Rau from India – who had each been imprisoned for their assertion that women had the right to control their own fertility.

These women were determined to work with different cultures, traditions, laws, and religious attitudes to improve lives for women around the world. From this bold vision, IPPF was born.

Today, IPPF is one of the largest sexual and reproductive health organizations in the world. It is recognized as a pioneer in service provision and in advocacy for international policy. Headquartered in London, the Federation is comprised of six regional offices that provide technical assistance, funding, and coordination among local Member Associations.

IPPF/Western Hemisphere Region was established in 1954. It is made up of 41 sexual and reproductive health organizations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, and our Regional Office is based in New York City.

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