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International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) is a recognized leader in the international movement to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, including family planning, as a human right for all people.

Working for 55 years toward its mission, IPPF/WHR pioneered the introduction of family planning services in Latin America and the Caribbean and developed innovative and effective strategies for meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people and adults, urban and rural populations, and the poor.

In partnership with 40 Member Associations in Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean, IPPF/WHR provides nearly 29 million services a year.

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Analysis Human Rights

Does Manhood Need to Change to Create Healthier Societies?


For something we see and experience day in and day out, masculinity sure is a tricky business. In a collection of essays that span various countries and cultures, Global Masculinities and Manhood considers how communities around the world have been shaped by what it means to "be a man" -- and rebel against unhealthy gender expectations in order to make change.


Commentary Abortion

An Illegal Abortion in Mexico Changed My Life

“Do you have a problem with blood?” “No,” I lied. “Great, I have a woman coming tomorrow at 10 am.” That simple exchange left me a changed woman. I was 22 years old and traveling alone in Mexico. I came to stay with a French-Canadian documentary filmmaker and his Mexican doctor wife, whom I'd met at a speaking event they held several months earlier at my university. We’ll call the doctor 'Cepoori'.

Analysis Violence

Who’s Ending Street Harassment in Latin America and the Caribbean?


"I came to tell the truth. All I want is for justice to be done," Gabriela Chacón said just moments before Luis Enrique Sossa Maltés was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. A few months prior to that victorious day, Luis sexually abused the 25-year-old woman on the street of San Jose, Chile. Unlike most men who harass women in public, Maltés was held accountable for his actions.

Analysis Sexual Health

Championing the Power of Youth Advocacy in Guatemala


Adolescent fertility rates in Latin America and the Caribbean surpass the world average, and more than 1 in 3 women in the region give birth before the age of 20. In rural areas, the adolescent birth rate is even higher. Peer education is one strategy for reaching large numbers of youth in rural areas.