We are delighted to share the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region's (IPPF/WHR) 2016-2017 annual report.
When IPPF/WHR and our partners began working in the Americas and Caribbean, we were met with threats, insults, and sometimes violence for even mentioning the word contraception. We were told sex education would never be a reality for young people. That we would never make progress on seemingly intractable issues like violence against women. Abortion rights. LGBTQ+ issues. And yet, we persisted.
Today, we continue to persist because women and girls deserve better. We persist because we know the fight for reproductive health and rights doesn’t end—or begin—with one person, one clinic, or one policy. It’s a movement, and one that we will continue to spearhead and support across the region.