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Standing for Equality: We say NO to Laws Against LGBTQ+ Communities

St Vincent's High Court upholding criminalization of same-sex activity is regressive. IPPF ACRO stands with advocates like Javin Johnson and Sean MacLeish, opposing discrimination. Concerns extend to Ghana. IPPF ACRO condemns discrimination, reaffirming its commitment to defending LGBTQ+ rights.
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| 16 February 2024

Statement: St Vincent and Grenadines maintaining criminalization of same-sex activity.

Today's ruling by the High Court in St Vincent and the Grenadines, which maintains the criminalization of consensual same-sex activity, is deeply disappointing and regressive. Despite global strides towards LGBTQI+ equality, this decision perpetuates colonial-era laws that infringe upon the fundamental rights of individuals. IPPF Americas and the Caribbean Regional Office (ACRO) stands in unwavering solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities and vehemently condemns any legislation that discriminates based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We firmly believe in the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Eugenia López Uribe, Regional Director of IPPF ACRO, expresses profound concern, stating, "Today's ruling is a setback for human rights and equality in the Caribbean region. It is a stark reminder of the systemic barriers that LGBTQI+ individuals continue to face in accessing justice and equality. IPPF ACRO is deeply committed to supporting LGBTQI+ rights, and we will continue to advocate for legal reform and inclusive policies that uphold the dignity and well-being of all individuals." This ruling underscores the urgent need for legal reform and advocacy to ensure equal rights and protections for LGBTQI+ people. Criminalization not only perpetuates stigma and discrimination but also obstructs access to vital healthcare services, prevention and treatment.

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| 16 February 2024

Statement: St Vincent and Grenadines maintaining criminalization of same-sex activity.

Today's ruling by the High Court in St Vincent and the Grenadines, which maintains the criminalization of consensual same-sex activity, is deeply disappointing and regressive. Despite global strides towards LGBTQI+ equality, this decision perpetuates colonial-era laws that infringe upon the fundamental rights of individuals. IPPF Americas and the Caribbean Regional Office (ACRO) stands in unwavering solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities and vehemently condemns any legislation that discriminates based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We firmly believe in the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Eugenia López Uribe, Regional Director of IPPF ACRO, expresses profound concern, stating, "Today's ruling is a setback for human rights and equality in the Caribbean region. It is a stark reminder of the systemic barriers that LGBTQI+ individuals continue to face in accessing justice and equality. IPPF ACRO is deeply committed to supporting LGBTQI+ rights, and we will continue to advocate for legal reform and inclusive policies that uphold the dignity and well-being of all individuals." This ruling underscores the urgent need for legal reform and advocacy to ensure equal rights and protections for LGBTQI+ people. Criminalization not only perpetuates stigma and discrimination but also obstructs access to vital healthcare services, prevention and treatment.

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| 28 February 2024

Standing for Equality: We say NO to Laws Against LGBTQ+ Communities

By Eugenia López Uribe Regional Director of IPPF ACRO   The recent decision by the High Court of St Vincent and the Grenadines to uphold the criminalisation of consensual same-sex activity is deeply regressive and unacceptable.  Despite global progress towards LGBTQI+ ‘s rights, this decision aims to perpetuate colonial-era laws and asan organization committed to equality and the access to healthcare for all, IPPF ACRO stands with Javin Johnson and Sean Macleish, the two gay men who demanded a change in the law in their country, so they can live free from discrimination, prejudice and enjoy  the same rights as all citizens.  By supporting Johnson and Macleish, we also support all  LGTBQ+ community in in St Vincent and the Grenadines. They should not continue to be let down, it is their government obligation to guarantee their right to live healthy lives, free from any stigma, prejudice and violence Besides, it is concerning to witness setbacks on other continents and IPPF is also taking action about the recent decision by Ghana's parliament to intensify the crackdown on the rights of LGBTQ+ people by imposing a prison sentence of up to five years for the "wilful promotion, sponsorship, or support of LGBTQ+ activities". Both recent decisions indicate  the continued pressure from fundamentalist groups seeking to regress and perpetuate colonial and backward views on gender and sexual diversity. However,  from our side, we will continue to work tirelessly around the world to stop these regressive laws and to defend the rights of LGTBQ+ communities.  These decisions affect the lives of millions of people who are once again at the center of violence supported by governments that should not be criminalizing them for being who they are, for loving who they love. We all have equal sexual and reproductive rights. Let us be clear: we will intensify our efforts against those regressive laws. And we know we will succeed.

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| 16 February 2024

Standing for Equality: We say NO to Laws Against LGBTQ+ Communities

By Eugenia López Uribe Regional Director of IPPF ACRO   The recent decision by the High Court of St Vincent and the Grenadines to uphold the criminalisation of consensual same-sex activity is deeply regressive and unacceptable.  Despite global progress towards LGBTQI+ ‘s rights, this decision aims to perpetuate colonial-era laws and asan organization committed to equality and the access to healthcare for all, IPPF ACRO stands with Javin Johnson and Sean Macleish, the two gay men who demanded a change in the law in their country, so they can live free from discrimination, prejudice and enjoy  the same rights as all citizens.  By supporting Johnson and Macleish, we also support all  LGTBQ+ community in in St Vincent and the Grenadines. They should not continue to be let down, it is their government obligation to guarantee their right to live healthy lives, free from any stigma, prejudice and violence Besides, it is concerning to witness setbacks on other continents and IPPF is also taking action about the recent decision by Ghana's parliament to intensify the crackdown on the rights of LGBTQ+ people by imposing a prison sentence of up to five years for the "wilful promotion, sponsorship, or support of LGBTQ+ activities". Both recent decisions indicate  the continued pressure from fundamentalist groups seeking to regress and perpetuate colonial and backward views on gender and sexual diversity. However,  from our side, we will continue to work tirelessly around the world to stop these regressive laws and to defend the rights of LGTBQ+ communities.  These decisions affect the lives of millions of people who are once again at the center of violence supported by governments that should not be criminalizing them for being who they are, for loving who they love. We all have equal sexual and reproductive rights. Let us be clear: we will intensify our efforts against those regressive laws. And we know we will succeed.

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| 31 January 2024

January News Round-up

IPPF ACRO launches Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, a pioneering initiative led by IPPF Americas and the Caribbean Regional Office (IPPF ACRO) was launched in late 2023 to contribute to strengthening regional cooperation to build an equitable future for access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and the elimination of gender-based inequities in the Caribbean. At the ceremony, held in the capital of Trinidad & Tobago, IPPF Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Eugenia Lopez said, "We are proud to launch the best Integrated SRHR/GBV Virtual Knowledge Platform to improve data sharing and collaboration between governments and communities to ensure women's ability to exercise their human rights. The initiative, supported by the UN/European Union Spotlight Initiative Regional Programme and UNFPA, as well as a dynamic coalition of Caribbean organisations committed to the well-being of the Region, will gather evidence-based data that will help inform decisions and drive effective action and real change. Learn more about the Observatory Follow them on instagram to be on the loop Mexico and the discrimination and stigmatisation of people living with HIV  In January, the Mexico City Congress repealed Chapter II, "Danger of Contagion", and Article 159 of the local Penal Code, which stated that: "Anyone who, knowing that he or she suffers from a serious disease during an infectious period, endangers the health of another by sexual relations or any other transmissible means, provided that the victim is not aware of this circumstance, shall be sentenced to three months to three years' imprisonment and a fine of fifty to three hundred days' imprisonment. It continued: "If the disease suffered is incurable, imprisonment of three months to ten years and a fine of five hundred to two thousand days shall be imposed. This crime will be prosecuted by complaint of the victim or offended party".  IPPF member organization Mexfam welcomed the repeal of this article stating on its networks "as an important step forward in the fight against discrimination and stigmatisation of people with HIV. This step brings us closer to a more inclusive and respectful world. Education, empathy and support are our tools to build a future without stigma".  We congratulate all those involved in its repeal. Profamilia is certified in Colombia for contraception programme  The organization Profamilia received the bronze certification of its contraception programme as a High Performance Clinical Unit (HPCU) under the standards of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), one of the 3 models of excellence available in the world that highlights the good management practices that successful companies worldwide have implemented with excellent operational and quality results.   In Colombia, this model has been widely implemented, especially in the health sector, with the certification of High Performance Clinical Units, which takes into account the care component of humanisation and evidence-based medicine. Thus, with this certification Profamilia continues to strengthen its clinical, operational and social care model to continue contributing to the guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights.  "We are proud and motivated to receive the certification as a High Performance Clinical Unit thanks to our contraception programme. It is a recognition of decades of determined work for the guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights and a message of confidence for all people in Colombia who can find in Profamilia the best ally to access timely and humanized services in sexual and reproductive health". Marta Royo, Executive Director of Profamilia, said. Brazil - Aging of trans and transvestite women made visible in Recife The pioneering initiative by the NGO Gestos - Soropositividade, Comunicação e Gênero, consisted of training a group of transvestites and trans women over 50 years of age in Recife, Brazil, with the aim of providing support, listening and thematic training on the ageing of this population, seeking to contribute to their social inclusion, visibility and citizenship. In conjunction with these activities, a socio-demographic survey was also carried out with the aim of drawing up a profile of this population in order to develop recommendations for public policy makers involved with the needs identified by them.  The TRAVESTI TAMBÉM ENVELHECE project was supported by the Conselho Municipal de Defesa dos Direitos da Pessoa Idosa do Recife (COMDIR) and sponsored by the Articulação e Movimento para Travestis e Transexuais de Pernambuco (Amotrans), Nova Associação de Travestis e Transgêneros de Pernambuco (NATRAPE), Gerência de Livre Orientação Sexual (GLOS) of Recife, Fórum LGBT de PE, and Conselho Estadual de Promoção dos Direitos da População LGBTI+ de Pernambuco.  To download the study click here. Honduras -Call to join the network of volunteers in the reduction of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV  The organization Llaves opens call to join the network of volunteers committed to the creation of spaces, learning plans and comprehensive education that generate positive changes in communities in terms of human rights. LLAVES (Cry, Courage and Effort) is a group of activists and professionals of all ages who are concerned about improving the lives of people with HIV, and its network helps to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV, with the vision of building a more just and respectful society.  Registration is open at https://www.organizacionllaves.org/voluntario

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| 31 January 2024

January News Round-up

IPPF ACRO launches Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, a pioneering initiative led by IPPF Americas and the Caribbean Regional Office (IPPF ACRO) was launched in late 2023 to contribute to strengthening regional cooperation to build an equitable future for access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and the elimination of gender-based inequities in the Caribbean. At the ceremony, held in the capital of Trinidad & Tobago, IPPF Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Eugenia Lopez said, "We are proud to launch the best Integrated SRHR/GBV Virtual Knowledge Platform to improve data sharing and collaboration between governments and communities to ensure women's ability to exercise their human rights. The initiative, supported by the UN/European Union Spotlight Initiative Regional Programme and UNFPA, as well as a dynamic coalition of Caribbean organisations committed to the well-being of the Region, will gather evidence-based data that will help inform decisions and drive effective action and real change. Learn more about the Observatory Follow them on instagram to be on the loop Mexico and the discrimination and stigmatisation of people living with HIV  In January, the Mexico City Congress repealed Chapter II, "Danger of Contagion", and Article 159 of the local Penal Code, which stated that: "Anyone who, knowing that he or she suffers from a serious disease during an infectious period, endangers the health of another by sexual relations or any other transmissible means, provided that the victim is not aware of this circumstance, shall be sentenced to three months to three years' imprisonment and a fine of fifty to three hundred days' imprisonment. It continued: "If the disease suffered is incurable, imprisonment of three months to ten years and a fine of five hundred to two thousand days shall be imposed. This crime will be prosecuted by complaint of the victim or offended party".  IPPF member organization Mexfam welcomed the repeal of this article stating on its networks "as an important step forward in the fight against discrimination and stigmatisation of people with HIV. This step brings us closer to a more inclusive and respectful world. Education, empathy and support are our tools to build a future without stigma".  We congratulate all those involved in its repeal. Profamilia is certified in Colombia for contraception programme  The organization Profamilia received the bronze certification of its contraception programme as a High Performance Clinical Unit (HPCU) under the standards of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), one of the 3 models of excellence available in the world that highlights the good management practices that successful companies worldwide have implemented with excellent operational and quality results.   In Colombia, this model has been widely implemented, especially in the health sector, with the certification of High Performance Clinical Units, which takes into account the care component of humanisation and evidence-based medicine. Thus, with this certification Profamilia continues to strengthen its clinical, operational and social care model to continue contributing to the guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights.  "We are proud and motivated to receive the certification as a High Performance Clinical Unit thanks to our contraception programme. It is a recognition of decades of determined work for the guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights and a message of confidence for all people in Colombia who can find in Profamilia the best ally to access timely and humanized services in sexual and reproductive health". Marta Royo, Executive Director of Profamilia, said. Brazil - Aging of trans and transvestite women made visible in Recife The pioneering initiative by the NGO Gestos - Soropositividade, Comunicação e Gênero, consisted of training a group of transvestites and trans women over 50 years of age in Recife, Brazil, with the aim of providing support, listening and thematic training on the ageing of this population, seeking to contribute to their social inclusion, visibility and citizenship. In conjunction with these activities, a socio-demographic survey was also carried out with the aim of drawing up a profile of this population in order to develop recommendations for public policy makers involved with the needs identified by them.  The TRAVESTI TAMBÉM ENVELHECE project was supported by the Conselho Municipal de Defesa dos Direitos da Pessoa Idosa do Recife (COMDIR) and sponsored by the Articulação e Movimento para Travestis e Transexuais de Pernambuco (Amotrans), Nova Associação de Travestis e Transgêneros de Pernambuco (NATRAPE), Gerência de Livre Orientação Sexual (GLOS) of Recife, Fórum LGBT de PE, and Conselho Estadual de Promoção dos Direitos da População LGBTI+ de Pernambuco.  To download the study click here. Honduras -Call to join the network of volunteers in the reduction of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV  The organization Llaves opens call to join the network of volunteers committed to the creation of spaces, learning plans and comprehensive education that generate positive changes in communities in terms of human rights. LLAVES (Cry, Courage and Effort) is a group of activists and professionals of all ages who are concerned about improving the lives of people with HIV, and its network helps to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV, with the vision of building a more just and respectful society.  Registration is open at https://www.organizacionllaves.org/voluntario

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| 21 February 2023

1 year anniversary of the historic decision to decriminalize abortion in Colombia

1 year anniversary of the historic decision to decriminalize abortion in Colombia February 21, 2023 Profamilia – an IPPF Member Association and a leading organization in the defence and guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Colombia - celebrates the first year of the Constitutional Court decision that allowed the decriminalization of abortion in Colombia up to 24 weeks of gestation. This represents a historic step for the guarantee of the rights of women and pregnant people in the country and Latin America, as well as a transcendental advance towards the recognition of their autonomy and full citizenship. Thanks to the ruling, those who are faced with an unwanted pregnancy and decide to have an abortion will not be prosecuted or criminalized for accessing what is now considered a health service and a matter of social justice. Similarly, the organization recognizes the issuance of Resolution 051 of 2023, with which the Ministry of Health regulates comprehensive care to provide abortion services throughout Colombia. This resolution recognizes that both women and pregnant people (transgender men, trans masculinities, non-binary people, among others) can access the service without restrictions and reiterates that abortion is an essential and urgent health service that must be guaranteed and not suspended. Since its enactment, Profamilia has guaranteed the implementation of Ruling C-055 of 2022 in its network of more than 53 clinics specialized in sexual and reproductive health nationwide.  In this sense, the Organization shares with public opinion an analysis of what has been evidenced in the first year of the Sentence, as well as recommendations to move towards a society that respects and guarantees the application of the current jurisprudence in favour of the rights and reproductive autonomy of women and pregnant people in the country. The Positive side: Decriminalization increases access and engagement ·   Women, trans men and non-binary people who decide to terminate their pregnancies do so early. During this first year, 97.2% of the abortions performed through Profamilia were performed before the 16th week of gestation and of these, 86% before the 12th week and only 1.1% of the procedures were performed after 24 weeks, under one of the grounds of Ruling C-355 of 2006. ·   After Ruling C-055, access to safe abortion has improved. The Organization recorded a 65.9% increase in procedures. This information coincides with evidence from other countries (Uruguay, France, Portugal, Spain, Mexico City, Mexico) in which, after the legalization of voluntary interruption of pregnancy, there is no long-term increase in procedures, but rather an initial increase that then stabilizes and even decreases. ·   Profamilia has strengthened its MIA service, which accompanies and performs self-managed abortions up to 12 weeks of gestation through telemedicine. This service has reached women who wish to terminate their pregnancies in hard-to-reach municipalities such as: Leticia, in Amazonas, Bahía Solano, in Chocó, San Vicente del Caguán, in Caquetá, Dibulla, in La Guajira, among others. ·   Different authorities have fulfilled their obligations and reiterated their commitment to abortion rights. In August 2022, the National Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, communicated that Colombia officially withdrew from the Geneva Consensus Declaration - recognized for seeking to undermine reproductive autonomy and family diversity - and reiterated that the country recognizes, respects and protects the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls and that, in accordance with the Political Constitution and the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court, the right to legal and safe abortion is an integral and indivisible part of sexual and reproductive rights and health. ·   Resolution 051 of 2023 of the Ministry of Health guarantees the service for migrant women in Colombia and recognizes this right as an essential and urgent service that can never be suspended. It also eliminates co-payments and moderating fees in EPS and medical centers. It reaffirms that minors under 14 years of age may decide autonomously about an abortion, without their parents' permission and even when their decision is contrary to their parents'. The resolution urges to modernize the protocols as an advance for the welfare of women and pregnant people. ·   On February 2, 2023, the Council of Bogota approved Agreement 023, which aims to guarantee the right to abortion without barriers and promote knowledge and access to information on rights and prevention of early motherhood and fatherhood, which not only impacts the right to health, but also strengthens the sector and becomes a benchmark for other cities in the country in the commitment they must make to ensure access to abortion as a health service. ·   The National Development Plan for the period 2022-2026 included the guarantee of the right to abortion (Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy) in the framework of the formulation and implementation of the National Policy on Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Rights that must be updated for the next 10 years, with this it is possible to ensure resources to promote the materialization of all measures and actions to ensure the guarantee of the right to abortion in Colombia. Still concerning: Barriers and violence persist ·   Despite Ruling C-055 of 2022, Profamilia has received users, with less than 24 weeks of gestation, who report having encountered barriers in health professionals who have limited the right and service of abortion. ·   On the other hand, Profamilia's statistics on the provision of IVE (Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy) services in its network of clinics throughout the country reveal a worrying increase in sexual violence against minors under 14 years of age, with an increase from 47.3% in 2021 to 2022. This data coincides, unfortunately, with the report of the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences which indicates that there was a 23% increase by 2022 of sexual crimes against minors, compared to previous year. ·   The legalization of abortion in Colombia has shown limitations in the quality of services, it is essential to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence, training and sensitization of health personnel, the elimination of curettage as the main technique and the definitive closure of sites where unsafe procedures are practiced. What are the challenges? ·   It is necessary to fully comply with the orders of Ruling C-055 of 2022. That is why it is essential to support the approval of legislative and public policy initiatives that seek the implementation and strengthening of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in all educational institutions in the country, in order to prevent gender-based violence, promote the safe and responsible exercise of sexual and reproductive autonomy, knowledge and empowerment in rights, effective and timely access to contraceptive methods, as well as the search for a society with gender equity. ·   With the management of abortion as a public health issue, the country has the possibility of ending the preventable death of 70 women who lose their lives each year due to unsafe abortions, as well as reducing and avoiding 132,000 complications derived from this type of procedure. The legalization of abortion represents the opportunity to place the protection of the health and lives of girls and women at the center as the main objective of all public health policy. ·   The elimination of barriers to access to safe abortion services should be a priority for local health authorities, who are responsible for the inspection, surveillance and control of the health system in their jurisdictions. It is necessary to implement intersectoral mechanisms for follow-up and monitoring of barriers and technical accompaniment of health care providers to ensure an orderly and systematized implementation of the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court and the regulatory norms that have been issued. ·   Territorial entities, at all levels, must take the initiative and leadership to make sexual and reproductive rights a reality in their jurisdictions. The example of the Bogotá Council and its agreement on the elimination of barriers to safe abortion is an example of how local measures can be adopted to facilitate the implementation of constitutional and regulatory mandates on abortion with actions. "After one year it is possible to see the progress, the country has made in terms of reproductive autonomy and rights for women and pregnant people. However, we must move from text to action, ensuring that Ruling 055 of 2022 is implemented. Profamilia's commitment will always be to provide comprehensive, humanized and safe services that allow free and informed decision making, and we reiterate this today,” said Marta Royo, Executive Director of Profamilia. “Colombia has set a standard for the region, women and pregnant people deserves to choose the best decision for them and their families. In IPPF we are committed to grow the green wave to ensure that all the countries have equal rights for all, especially in Central America and the Caribbean“ said Eugenia López Uribe, Regional Director of IPPF for the Americas and The Caribbean.  

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| 21 February 2023

1 year anniversary of the historic decision to decriminalize abortion in Colombia

1 year anniversary of the historic decision to decriminalize abortion in Colombia February 21, 2023 Profamilia – an IPPF Member Association and a leading organization in the defence and guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Colombia - celebrates the first year of the Constitutional Court decision that allowed the decriminalization of abortion in Colombia up to 24 weeks of gestation. This represents a historic step for the guarantee of the rights of women and pregnant people in the country and Latin America, as well as a transcendental advance towards the recognition of their autonomy and full citizenship. Thanks to the ruling, those who are faced with an unwanted pregnancy and decide to have an abortion will not be prosecuted or criminalized for accessing what is now considered a health service and a matter of social justice. Similarly, the organization recognizes the issuance of Resolution 051 of 2023, with which the Ministry of Health regulates comprehensive care to provide abortion services throughout Colombia. This resolution recognizes that both women and pregnant people (transgender men, trans masculinities, non-binary people, among others) can access the service without restrictions and reiterates that abortion is an essential and urgent health service that must be guaranteed and not suspended. Since its enactment, Profamilia has guaranteed the implementation of Ruling C-055 of 2022 in its network of more than 53 clinics specialized in sexual and reproductive health nationwide.  In this sense, the Organization shares with public opinion an analysis of what has been evidenced in the first year of the Sentence, as well as recommendations to move towards a society that respects and guarantees the application of the current jurisprudence in favour of the rights and reproductive autonomy of women and pregnant people in the country. The Positive side: Decriminalization increases access and engagement ·   Women, trans men and non-binary people who decide to terminate their pregnancies do so early. During this first year, 97.2% of the abortions performed through Profamilia were performed before the 16th week of gestation and of these, 86% before the 12th week and only 1.1% of the procedures were performed after 24 weeks, under one of the grounds of Ruling C-355 of 2006. ·   After Ruling C-055, access to safe abortion has improved. The Organization recorded a 65.9% increase in procedures. This information coincides with evidence from other countries (Uruguay, France, Portugal, Spain, Mexico City, Mexico) in which, after the legalization of voluntary interruption of pregnancy, there is no long-term increase in procedures, but rather an initial increase that then stabilizes and even decreases. ·   Profamilia has strengthened its MIA service, which accompanies and performs self-managed abortions up to 12 weeks of gestation through telemedicine. This service has reached women who wish to terminate their pregnancies in hard-to-reach municipalities such as: Leticia, in Amazonas, Bahía Solano, in Chocó, San Vicente del Caguán, in Caquetá, Dibulla, in La Guajira, among others. ·   Different authorities have fulfilled their obligations and reiterated their commitment to abortion rights. In August 2022, the National Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, communicated that Colombia officially withdrew from the Geneva Consensus Declaration - recognized for seeking to undermine reproductive autonomy and family diversity - and reiterated that the country recognizes, respects and protects the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls and that, in accordance with the Political Constitution and the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court, the right to legal and safe abortion is an integral and indivisible part of sexual and reproductive rights and health. ·   Resolution 051 of 2023 of the Ministry of Health guarantees the service for migrant women in Colombia and recognizes this right as an essential and urgent service that can never be suspended. It also eliminates co-payments and moderating fees in EPS and medical centers. It reaffirms that minors under 14 years of age may decide autonomously about an abortion, without their parents' permission and even when their decision is contrary to their parents'. The resolution urges to modernize the protocols as an advance for the welfare of women and pregnant people. ·   On February 2, 2023, the Council of Bogota approved Agreement 023, which aims to guarantee the right to abortion without barriers and promote knowledge and access to information on rights and prevention of early motherhood and fatherhood, which not only impacts the right to health, but also strengthens the sector and becomes a benchmark for other cities in the country in the commitment they must make to ensure access to abortion as a health service. ·   The National Development Plan for the period 2022-2026 included the guarantee of the right to abortion (Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy) in the framework of the formulation and implementation of the National Policy on Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Rights that must be updated for the next 10 years, with this it is possible to ensure resources to promote the materialization of all measures and actions to ensure the guarantee of the right to abortion in Colombia. Still concerning: Barriers and violence persist ·   Despite Ruling C-055 of 2022, Profamilia has received users, with less than 24 weeks of gestation, who report having encountered barriers in health professionals who have limited the right and service of abortion. ·   On the other hand, Profamilia's statistics on the provision of IVE (Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy) services in its network of clinics throughout the country reveal a worrying increase in sexual violence against minors under 14 years of age, with an increase from 47.3% in 2021 to 2022. This data coincides, unfortunately, with the report of the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences which indicates that there was a 23% increase by 2022 of sexual crimes against minors, compared to previous year. ·   The legalization of abortion in Colombia has shown limitations in the quality of services, it is essential to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence, training and sensitization of health personnel, the elimination of curettage as the main technique and the definitive closure of sites where unsafe procedures are practiced. What are the challenges? ·   It is necessary to fully comply with the orders of Ruling C-055 of 2022. That is why it is essential to support the approval of legislative and public policy initiatives that seek the implementation and strengthening of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in all educational institutions in the country, in order to prevent gender-based violence, promote the safe and responsible exercise of sexual and reproductive autonomy, knowledge and empowerment in rights, effective and timely access to contraceptive methods, as well as the search for a society with gender equity. ·   With the management of abortion as a public health issue, the country has the possibility of ending the preventable death of 70 women who lose their lives each year due to unsafe abortions, as well as reducing and avoiding 132,000 complications derived from this type of procedure. The legalization of abortion represents the opportunity to place the protection of the health and lives of girls and women at the center as the main objective of all public health policy. ·   The elimination of barriers to access to safe abortion services should be a priority for local health authorities, who are responsible for the inspection, surveillance and control of the health system in their jurisdictions. It is necessary to implement intersectoral mechanisms for follow-up and monitoring of barriers and technical accompaniment of health care providers to ensure an orderly and systematized implementation of the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court and the regulatory norms that have been issued. ·   Territorial entities, at all levels, must take the initiative and leadership to make sexual and reproductive rights a reality in their jurisdictions. The example of the Bogotá Council and its agreement on the elimination of barriers to safe abortion is an example of how local measures can be adopted to facilitate the implementation of constitutional and regulatory mandates on abortion with actions. "After one year it is possible to see the progress, the country has made in terms of reproductive autonomy and rights for women and pregnant people. However, we must move from text to action, ensuring that Ruling 055 of 2022 is implemented. Profamilia's commitment will always be to provide comprehensive, humanized and safe services that allow free and informed decision making, and we reiterate this today,” said Marta Royo, Executive Director of Profamilia. “Colombia has set a standard for the region, women and pregnant people deserves to choose the best decision for them and their families. In IPPF we are committed to grow the green wave to ensure that all the countries have equal rights for all, especially in Central America and the Caribbean“ said Eugenia López Uribe, Regional Director of IPPF for the Americas and The Caribbean.  

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| 13 December 2022

Barbados strikes down anti-gay laws!

In a historic day for the LGBTQ+ community of Barbados, the High Court struck down colonial-era laws which were used to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the island, and further infringe their human rights by promoting violence towards the community.   The decision struck down Sections 9 and 12 of the Barbados Sexual Offences Act, also known as the “buggery” and “indecency” laws, which criminalized consensual same-sex intimacy. Under Section 9, punishment for breaking the law could be as severe as life imprisonment for men who engaged in same-sex sexual activity. Under Section 12, men, as well as women, were criminalized and liable to imprisonment of up to 10 years. The oral ruling was given on the 12th Decemnber 2022, with a written decision to come in early 2023, and was the third such ruling in the Caribbean this year with both Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis striking down similar laws, showing that significant progress is being made even within its challenging context.  The case was filed by Barbadian LGBTQ+ advocates with local LGBTQ+ organization Equals providing community support, and with the regional LGBT umbrella organization, Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality facilitating. Michael Rapley, Chair of Equals Barbados told IPPF Americas and The Caribbean “While this is a major step towards equality in Barbados, there is still work to be done to address the lack of protections that LGBTQ+ people in Barbados face, as well as a need to create positive public perceptions of the community.” During this moment of celebration, we are reminded that there is still much to be done. LGBQT+ people living in the Caribbean are reporting rising discrimination and harassment, even barriers to accessing basic services. This highlights the real work being done on the ground which regional and international organizations must continue to support in order to strengthen these organizations while using our voices to advocate for social and legislative change.  IPPF ACRO stands in strong solidarity with the people of Barbados, and LGBTQ+ people throughout the region who continue to fight for their rights and freedom from stigma and discrimination. “We will not stop until everyone in our region is afforded the rights and freedoms to which they are entitled. We congratulate all those who have contributed to the progress made in the Caribbean this year. IPPF ACRO remains committed to being a strong ally in the work still to be done.” Dona Da Costa Martinez – IPPF ACRO Deputy Regional Director.  

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| 13 December 2022

Barbados strikes down anti-gay laws!

In a historic day for the LGBTQ+ community of Barbados, the High Court struck down colonial-era laws which were used to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the island, and further infringe their human rights by promoting violence towards the community.   The decision struck down Sections 9 and 12 of the Barbados Sexual Offences Act, also known as the “buggery” and “indecency” laws, which criminalized consensual same-sex intimacy. Under Section 9, punishment for breaking the law could be as severe as life imprisonment for men who engaged in same-sex sexual activity. Under Section 12, men, as well as women, were criminalized and liable to imprisonment of up to 10 years. The oral ruling was given on the 12th Decemnber 2022, with a written decision to come in early 2023, and was the third such ruling in the Caribbean this year with both Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis striking down similar laws, showing that significant progress is being made even within its challenging context.  The case was filed by Barbadian LGBTQ+ advocates with local LGBTQ+ organization Equals providing community support, and with the regional LGBT umbrella organization, Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality facilitating. Michael Rapley, Chair of Equals Barbados told IPPF Americas and The Caribbean “While this is a major step towards equality in Barbados, there is still work to be done to address the lack of protections that LGBTQ+ people in Barbados face, as well as a need to create positive public perceptions of the community.” During this moment of celebration, we are reminded that there is still much to be done. LGBQT+ people living in the Caribbean are reporting rising discrimination and harassment, even barriers to accessing basic services. This highlights the real work being done on the ground which regional and international organizations must continue to support in order to strengthen these organizations while using our voices to advocate for social and legislative change.  IPPF ACRO stands in strong solidarity with the people of Barbados, and LGBTQ+ people throughout the region who continue to fight for their rights and freedom from stigma and discrimination. “We will not stop until everyone in our region is afforded the rights and freedoms to which they are entitled. We congratulate all those who have contributed to the progress made in the Caribbean this year. IPPF ACRO remains committed to being a strong ally in the work still to be done.” Dona Da Costa Martinez – IPPF ACRO Deputy Regional Director.  

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| 30 November 2022

New IPPF Member Associations in Guadeloupe and Bolivia!

The International Planned Parenthood Federation Americas and the Caribbean proudly welcome two New Member Associations in Guadeloupe and Bolivia!  Association Guadeloupéenne pour le Planning Familial (AGPF) and Colectivo Rebeldía join the IPPF family, which spans 30 countries across the Americas and Caribbean region and over 120 countries around the world, Together we stand united in the fight for Reproductive Justice for ALL.  Formed in 1965, today the Association Guadeloupéenne pour le Planning Familial (AGPF), also known as La Maternite Consciente, oversees maternal and child welfare, and manages immunization, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS programmes. It also monitors other work and needs related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). It operates 5 clinics, which provide contraceptive services, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, pap smears, STI screening and pre- and post-abortion counselling. AGPF also delivers outreach educational services on contraception and SRH in Creole, to promote the use of clinical services, particularly among migrants from neighbouring islands such as Dominca, Haiti and St.Lucia, who frequently wish to use SRH services but are unable to pay. The organization has been an affiliate member of IPPF through The Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation (CFPA) for many years, and became a full Member Association in November 2022. Colectivo Rebeldía began its activities in March 1995. A group of feminist women articulated to, from our rebellions, influence and broaden the impact of the dreams of dignity and full life for women. Their mission - from critical and purposeful rebellion, recreates feminisms through sexual freedoms, knowledge, dialogues and knowledge together with empowered women and organizations, transforming society, the economy and politics to live well. As they celebrate their second decade, Colectivo Rebeldía remain a powerful front for the women's and feminist movement at a local and national level in Bolivia. And a consistent institution in its fight for the exercise of women's rights and social justice. Colectivo became a Member Association of IPPF in November 2022.  

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| 30 November 2022

New IPPF Member Associations in Guadeloupe and Bolivia!

The International Planned Parenthood Federation Americas and the Caribbean proudly welcome two New Member Associations in Guadeloupe and Bolivia!  Association Guadeloupéenne pour le Planning Familial (AGPF) and Colectivo Rebeldía join the IPPF family, which spans 30 countries across the Americas and Caribbean region and over 120 countries around the world, Together we stand united in the fight for Reproductive Justice for ALL.  Formed in 1965, today the Association Guadeloupéenne pour le Planning Familial (AGPF), also known as La Maternite Consciente, oversees maternal and child welfare, and manages immunization, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS programmes. It also monitors other work and needs related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). It operates 5 clinics, which provide contraceptive services, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, pap smears, STI screening and pre- and post-abortion counselling. AGPF also delivers outreach educational services on contraception and SRH in Creole, to promote the use of clinical services, particularly among migrants from neighbouring islands such as Dominca, Haiti and St.Lucia, who frequently wish to use SRH services but are unable to pay. The organization has been an affiliate member of IPPF through The Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation (CFPA) for many years, and became a full Member Association in November 2022. Colectivo Rebeldía began its activities in March 1995. A group of feminist women articulated to, from our rebellions, influence and broaden the impact of the dreams of dignity and full life for women. Their mission - from critical and purposeful rebellion, recreates feminisms through sexual freedoms, knowledge, dialogues and knowledge together with empowered women and organizations, transforming society, the economy and politics to live well. As they celebrate their second decade, Colectivo Rebeldía remain a powerful front for the women's and feminist movement at a local and national level in Bolivia. And a consistent institution in its fight for the exercise of women's rights and social justice. Colectivo became a Member Association of IPPF in November 2022.  

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| 16 February 2024

Statement: St Vincent and Grenadines maintaining criminalization of same-sex activity.

Today's ruling by the High Court in St Vincent and the Grenadines, which maintains the criminalization of consensual same-sex activity, is deeply disappointing and regressive. Despite global strides towards LGBTQI+ equality, this decision perpetuates colonial-era laws that infringe upon the fundamental rights of individuals. IPPF Americas and the Caribbean Regional Office (ACRO) stands in unwavering solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities and vehemently condemns any legislation that discriminates based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We firmly believe in the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Eugenia López Uribe, Regional Director of IPPF ACRO, expresses profound concern, stating, "Today's ruling is a setback for human rights and equality in the Caribbean region. It is a stark reminder of the systemic barriers that LGBTQI+ individuals continue to face in accessing justice and equality. IPPF ACRO is deeply committed to supporting LGBTQI+ rights, and we will continue to advocate for legal reform and inclusive policies that uphold the dignity and well-being of all individuals." This ruling underscores the urgent need for legal reform and advocacy to ensure equal rights and protections for LGBTQI+ people. Criminalization not only perpetuates stigma and discrimination but also obstructs access to vital healthcare services, prevention and treatment.

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| 16 February 2024

Statement: St Vincent and Grenadines maintaining criminalization of same-sex activity.

Today's ruling by the High Court in St Vincent and the Grenadines, which maintains the criminalization of consensual same-sex activity, is deeply disappointing and regressive. Despite global strides towards LGBTQI+ equality, this decision perpetuates colonial-era laws that infringe upon the fundamental rights of individuals. IPPF Americas and the Caribbean Regional Office (ACRO) stands in unwavering solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities and vehemently condemns any legislation that discriminates based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We firmly believe in the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Eugenia López Uribe, Regional Director of IPPF ACRO, expresses profound concern, stating, "Today's ruling is a setback for human rights and equality in the Caribbean region. It is a stark reminder of the systemic barriers that LGBTQI+ individuals continue to face in accessing justice and equality. IPPF ACRO is deeply committed to supporting LGBTQI+ rights, and we will continue to advocate for legal reform and inclusive policies that uphold the dignity and well-being of all individuals." This ruling underscores the urgent need for legal reform and advocacy to ensure equal rights and protections for LGBTQI+ people. Criminalization not only perpetuates stigma and discrimination but also obstructs access to vital healthcare services, prevention and treatment.

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| 28 February 2024

Standing for Equality: We say NO to Laws Against LGBTQ+ Communities

By Eugenia López Uribe Regional Director of IPPF ACRO   The recent decision by the High Court of St Vincent and the Grenadines to uphold the criminalisation of consensual same-sex activity is deeply regressive and unacceptable.  Despite global progress towards LGBTQI+ ‘s rights, this decision aims to perpetuate colonial-era laws and asan organization committed to equality and the access to healthcare for all, IPPF ACRO stands with Javin Johnson and Sean Macleish, the two gay men who demanded a change in the law in their country, so they can live free from discrimination, prejudice and enjoy  the same rights as all citizens.  By supporting Johnson and Macleish, we also support all  LGTBQ+ community in in St Vincent and the Grenadines. They should not continue to be let down, it is their government obligation to guarantee their right to live healthy lives, free from any stigma, prejudice and violence Besides, it is concerning to witness setbacks on other continents and IPPF is also taking action about the recent decision by Ghana's parliament to intensify the crackdown on the rights of LGBTQ+ people by imposing a prison sentence of up to five years for the "wilful promotion, sponsorship, or support of LGBTQ+ activities". Both recent decisions indicate  the continued pressure from fundamentalist groups seeking to regress and perpetuate colonial and backward views on gender and sexual diversity. However,  from our side, we will continue to work tirelessly around the world to stop these regressive laws and to defend the rights of LGTBQ+ communities.  These decisions affect the lives of millions of people who are once again at the center of violence supported by governments that should not be criminalizing them for being who they are, for loving who they love. We all have equal sexual and reproductive rights. Let us be clear: we will intensify our efforts against those regressive laws. And we know we will succeed.

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| 16 February 2024

Standing for Equality: We say NO to Laws Against LGBTQ+ Communities

By Eugenia López Uribe Regional Director of IPPF ACRO   The recent decision by the High Court of St Vincent and the Grenadines to uphold the criminalisation of consensual same-sex activity is deeply regressive and unacceptable.  Despite global progress towards LGBTQI+ ‘s rights, this decision aims to perpetuate colonial-era laws and asan organization committed to equality and the access to healthcare for all, IPPF ACRO stands with Javin Johnson and Sean Macleish, the two gay men who demanded a change in the law in their country, so they can live free from discrimination, prejudice and enjoy  the same rights as all citizens.  By supporting Johnson and Macleish, we also support all  LGTBQ+ community in in St Vincent and the Grenadines. They should not continue to be let down, it is their government obligation to guarantee their right to live healthy lives, free from any stigma, prejudice and violence Besides, it is concerning to witness setbacks on other continents and IPPF is also taking action about the recent decision by Ghana's parliament to intensify the crackdown on the rights of LGBTQ+ people by imposing a prison sentence of up to five years for the "wilful promotion, sponsorship, or support of LGBTQ+ activities". Both recent decisions indicate  the continued pressure from fundamentalist groups seeking to regress and perpetuate colonial and backward views on gender and sexual diversity. However,  from our side, we will continue to work tirelessly around the world to stop these regressive laws and to defend the rights of LGTBQ+ communities.  These decisions affect the lives of millions of people who are once again at the center of violence supported by governments that should not be criminalizing them for being who they are, for loving who they love. We all have equal sexual and reproductive rights. Let us be clear: we will intensify our efforts against those regressive laws. And we know we will succeed.

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| 31 January 2024

January News Round-up

IPPF ACRO launches Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, a pioneering initiative led by IPPF Americas and the Caribbean Regional Office (IPPF ACRO) was launched in late 2023 to contribute to strengthening regional cooperation to build an equitable future for access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and the elimination of gender-based inequities in the Caribbean. At the ceremony, held in the capital of Trinidad & Tobago, IPPF Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Eugenia Lopez said, "We are proud to launch the best Integrated SRHR/GBV Virtual Knowledge Platform to improve data sharing and collaboration between governments and communities to ensure women's ability to exercise their human rights. The initiative, supported by the UN/European Union Spotlight Initiative Regional Programme and UNFPA, as well as a dynamic coalition of Caribbean organisations committed to the well-being of the Region, will gather evidence-based data that will help inform decisions and drive effective action and real change. Learn more about the Observatory Follow them on instagram to be on the loop Mexico and the discrimination and stigmatisation of people living with HIV  In January, the Mexico City Congress repealed Chapter II, "Danger of Contagion", and Article 159 of the local Penal Code, which stated that: "Anyone who, knowing that he or she suffers from a serious disease during an infectious period, endangers the health of another by sexual relations or any other transmissible means, provided that the victim is not aware of this circumstance, shall be sentenced to three months to three years' imprisonment and a fine of fifty to three hundred days' imprisonment. It continued: "If the disease suffered is incurable, imprisonment of three months to ten years and a fine of five hundred to two thousand days shall be imposed. This crime will be prosecuted by complaint of the victim or offended party".  IPPF member organization Mexfam welcomed the repeal of this article stating on its networks "as an important step forward in the fight against discrimination and stigmatisation of people with HIV. This step brings us closer to a more inclusive and respectful world. Education, empathy and support are our tools to build a future without stigma".  We congratulate all those involved in its repeal. Profamilia is certified in Colombia for contraception programme  The organization Profamilia received the bronze certification of its contraception programme as a High Performance Clinical Unit (HPCU) under the standards of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), one of the 3 models of excellence available in the world that highlights the good management practices that successful companies worldwide have implemented with excellent operational and quality results.   In Colombia, this model has been widely implemented, especially in the health sector, with the certification of High Performance Clinical Units, which takes into account the care component of humanisation and evidence-based medicine. Thus, with this certification Profamilia continues to strengthen its clinical, operational and social care model to continue contributing to the guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights.  "We are proud and motivated to receive the certification as a High Performance Clinical Unit thanks to our contraception programme. It is a recognition of decades of determined work for the guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights and a message of confidence for all people in Colombia who can find in Profamilia the best ally to access timely and humanized services in sexual and reproductive health". Marta Royo, Executive Director of Profamilia, said. Brazil - Aging of trans and transvestite women made visible in Recife The pioneering initiative by the NGO Gestos - Soropositividade, Comunicação e Gênero, consisted of training a group of transvestites and trans women over 50 years of age in Recife, Brazil, with the aim of providing support, listening and thematic training on the ageing of this population, seeking to contribute to their social inclusion, visibility and citizenship. In conjunction with these activities, a socio-demographic survey was also carried out with the aim of drawing up a profile of this population in order to develop recommendations for public policy makers involved with the needs identified by them.  The TRAVESTI TAMBÉM ENVELHECE project was supported by the Conselho Municipal de Defesa dos Direitos da Pessoa Idosa do Recife (COMDIR) and sponsored by the Articulação e Movimento para Travestis e Transexuais de Pernambuco (Amotrans), Nova Associação de Travestis e Transgêneros de Pernambuco (NATRAPE), Gerência de Livre Orientação Sexual (GLOS) of Recife, Fórum LGBT de PE, and Conselho Estadual de Promoção dos Direitos da População LGBTI+ de Pernambuco.  To download the study click here. Honduras -Call to join the network of volunteers in the reduction of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV  The organization Llaves opens call to join the network of volunteers committed to the creation of spaces, learning plans and comprehensive education that generate positive changes in communities in terms of human rights. LLAVES (Cry, Courage and Effort) is a group of activists and professionals of all ages who are concerned about improving the lives of people with HIV, and its network helps to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV, with the vision of building a more just and respectful society.  Registration is open at https://www.organizacionllaves.org/voluntario

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| 31 January 2024

January News Round-up

IPPF ACRO launches Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, a pioneering initiative led by IPPF Americas and the Caribbean Regional Office (IPPF ACRO) was launched in late 2023 to contribute to strengthening regional cooperation to build an equitable future for access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and the elimination of gender-based inequities in the Caribbean. At the ceremony, held in the capital of Trinidad & Tobago, IPPF Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Eugenia Lopez said, "We are proud to launch the best Integrated SRHR/GBV Virtual Knowledge Platform to improve data sharing and collaboration between governments and communities to ensure women's ability to exercise their human rights. The initiative, supported by the UN/European Union Spotlight Initiative Regional Programme and UNFPA, as well as a dynamic coalition of Caribbean organisations committed to the well-being of the Region, will gather evidence-based data that will help inform decisions and drive effective action and real change. Learn more about the Observatory Follow them on instagram to be on the loop Mexico and the discrimination and stigmatisation of people living with HIV  In January, the Mexico City Congress repealed Chapter II, "Danger of Contagion", and Article 159 of the local Penal Code, which stated that: "Anyone who, knowing that he or she suffers from a serious disease during an infectious period, endangers the health of another by sexual relations or any other transmissible means, provided that the victim is not aware of this circumstance, shall be sentenced to three months to three years' imprisonment and a fine of fifty to three hundred days' imprisonment. It continued: "If the disease suffered is incurable, imprisonment of three months to ten years and a fine of five hundred to two thousand days shall be imposed. This crime will be prosecuted by complaint of the victim or offended party".  IPPF member organization Mexfam welcomed the repeal of this article stating on its networks "as an important step forward in the fight against discrimination and stigmatisation of people with HIV. This step brings us closer to a more inclusive and respectful world. Education, empathy and support are our tools to build a future without stigma".  We congratulate all those involved in its repeal. Profamilia is certified in Colombia for contraception programme  The organization Profamilia received the bronze certification of its contraception programme as a High Performance Clinical Unit (HPCU) under the standards of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), one of the 3 models of excellence available in the world that highlights the good management practices that successful companies worldwide have implemented with excellent operational and quality results.   In Colombia, this model has been widely implemented, especially in the health sector, with the certification of High Performance Clinical Units, which takes into account the care component of humanisation and evidence-based medicine. Thus, with this certification Profamilia continues to strengthen its clinical, operational and social care model to continue contributing to the guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights.  "We are proud and motivated to receive the certification as a High Performance Clinical Unit thanks to our contraception programme. It is a recognition of decades of determined work for the guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights and a message of confidence for all people in Colombia who can find in Profamilia the best ally to access timely and humanized services in sexual and reproductive health". Marta Royo, Executive Director of Profamilia, said. Brazil - Aging of trans and transvestite women made visible in Recife The pioneering initiative by the NGO Gestos - Soropositividade, Comunicação e Gênero, consisted of training a group of transvestites and trans women over 50 years of age in Recife, Brazil, with the aim of providing support, listening and thematic training on the ageing of this population, seeking to contribute to their social inclusion, visibility and citizenship. In conjunction with these activities, a socio-demographic survey was also carried out with the aim of drawing up a profile of this population in order to develop recommendations for public policy makers involved with the needs identified by them.  The TRAVESTI TAMBÉM ENVELHECE project was supported by the Conselho Municipal de Defesa dos Direitos da Pessoa Idosa do Recife (COMDIR) and sponsored by the Articulação e Movimento para Travestis e Transexuais de Pernambuco (Amotrans), Nova Associação de Travestis e Transgêneros de Pernambuco (NATRAPE), Gerência de Livre Orientação Sexual (GLOS) of Recife, Fórum LGBT de PE, and Conselho Estadual de Promoção dos Direitos da População LGBTI+ de Pernambuco.  To download the study click here. Honduras -Call to join the network of volunteers in the reduction of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV  The organization Llaves opens call to join the network of volunteers committed to the creation of spaces, learning plans and comprehensive education that generate positive changes in communities in terms of human rights. LLAVES (Cry, Courage and Effort) is a group of activists and professionals of all ages who are concerned about improving the lives of people with HIV, and its network helps to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV, with the vision of building a more just and respectful society.  Registration is open at https://www.organizacionllaves.org/voluntario

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| 21 February 2023

1 year anniversary of the historic decision to decriminalize abortion in Colombia

1 year anniversary of the historic decision to decriminalize abortion in Colombia February 21, 2023 Profamilia – an IPPF Member Association and a leading organization in the defence and guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Colombia - celebrates the first year of the Constitutional Court decision that allowed the decriminalization of abortion in Colombia up to 24 weeks of gestation. This represents a historic step for the guarantee of the rights of women and pregnant people in the country and Latin America, as well as a transcendental advance towards the recognition of their autonomy and full citizenship. Thanks to the ruling, those who are faced with an unwanted pregnancy and decide to have an abortion will not be prosecuted or criminalized for accessing what is now considered a health service and a matter of social justice. Similarly, the organization recognizes the issuance of Resolution 051 of 2023, with which the Ministry of Health regulates comprehensive care to provide abortion services throughout Colombia. This resolution recognizes that both women and pregnant people (transgender men, trans masculinities, non-binary people, among others) can access the service without restrictions and reiterates that abortion is an essential and urgent health service that must be guaranteed and not suspended. Since its enactment, Profamilia has guaranteed the implementation of Ruling C-055 of 2022 in its network of more than 53 clinics specialized in sexual and reproductive health nationwide.  In this sense, the Organization shares with public opinion an analysis of what has been evidenced in the first year of the Sentence, as well as recommendations to move towards a society that respects and guarantees the application of the current jurisprudence in favour of the rights and reproductive autonomy of women and pregnant people in the country. The Positive side: Decriminalization increases access and engagement ·   Women, trans men and non-binary people who decide to terminate their pregnancies do so early. During this first year, 97.2% of the abortions performed through Profamilia were performed before the 16th week of gestation and of these, 86% before the 12th week and only 1.1% of the procedures were performed after 24 weeks, under one of the grounds of Ruling C-355 of 2006. ·   After Ruling C-055, access to safe abortion has improved. The Organization recorded a 65.9% increase in procedures. This information coincides with evidence from other countries (Uruguay, France, Portugal, Spain, Mexico City, Mexico) in which, after the legalization of voluntary interruption of pregnancy, there is no long-term increase in procedures, but rather an initial increase that then stabilizes and even decreases. ·   Profamilia has strengthened its MIA service, which accompanies and performs self-managed abortions up to 12 weeks of gestation through telemedicine. This service has reached women who wish to terminate their pregnancies in hard-to-reach municipalities such as: Leticia, in Amazonas, Bahía Solano, in Chocó, San Vicente del Caguán, in Caquetá, Dibulla, in La Guajira, among others. ·   Different authorities have fulfilled their obligations and reiterated their commitment to abortion rights. In August 2022, the National Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, communicated that Colombia officially withdrew from the Geneva Consensus Declaration - recognized for seeking to undermine reproductive autonomy and family diversity - and reiterated that the country recognizes, respects and protects the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls and that, in accordance with the Political Constitution and the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court, the right to legal and safe abortion is an integral and indivisible part of sexual and reproductive rights and health. ·   Resolution 051 of 2023 of the Ministry of Health guarantees the service for migrant women in Colombia and recognizes this right as an essential and urgent service that can never be suspended. It also eliminates co-payments and moderating fees in EPS and medical centers. It reaffirms that minors under 14 years of age may decide autonomously about an abortion, without their parents' permission and even when their decision is contrary to their parents'. The resolution urges to modernize the protocols as an advance for the welfare of women and pregnant people. ·   On February 2, 2023, the Council of Bogota approved Agreement 023, which aims to guarantee the right to abortion without barriers and promote knowledge and access to information on rights and prevention of early motherhood and fatherhood, which not only impacts the right to health, but also strengthens the sector and becomes a benchmark for other cities in the country in the commitment they must make to ensure access to abortion as a health service. ·   The National Development Plan for the period 2022-2026 included the guarantee of the right to abortion (Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy) in the framework of the formulation and implementation of the National Policy on Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Rights that must be updated for the next 10 years, with this it is possible to ensure resources to promote the materialization of all measures and actions to ensure the guarantee of the right to abortion in Colombia. Still concerning: Barriers and violence persist ·   Despite Ruling C-055 of 2022, Profamilia has received users, with less than 24 weeks of gestation, who report having encountered barriers in health professionals who have limited the right and service of abortion. ·   On the other hand, Profamilia's statistics on the provision of IVE (Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy) services in its network of clinics throughout the country reveal a worrying increase in sexual violence against minors under 14 years of age, with an increase from 47.3% in 2021 to 2022. This data coincides, unfortunately, with the report of the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences which indicates that there was a 23% increase by 2022 of sexual crimes against minors, compared to previous year. ·   The legalization of abortion in Colombia has shown limitations in the quality of services, it is essential to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence, training and sensitization of health personnel, the elimination of curettage as the main technique and the definitive closure of sites where unsafe procedures are practiced. What are the challenges? ·   It is necessary to fully comply with the orders of Ruling C-055 of 2022. That is why it is essential to support the approval of legislative and public policy initiatives that seek the implementation and strengthening of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in all educational institutions in the country, in order to prevent gender-based violence, promote the safe and responsible exercise of sexual and reproductive autonomy, knowledge and empowerment in rights, effective and timely access to contraceptive methods, as well as the search for a society with gender equity. ·   With the management of abortion as a public health issue, the country has the possibility of ending the preventable death of 70 women who lose their lives each year due to unsafe abortions, as well as reducing and avoiding 132,000 complications derived from this type of procedure. The legalization of abortion represents the opportunity to place the protection of the health and lives of girls and women at the center as the main objective of all public health policy. ·   The elimination of barriers to access to safe abortion services should be a priority for local health authorities, who are responsible for the inspection, surveillance and control of the health system in their jurisdictions. It is necessary to implement intersectoral mechanisms for follow-up and monitoring of barriers and technical accompaniment of health care providers to ensure an orderly and systematized implementation of the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court and the regulatory norms that have been issued. ·   Territorial entities, at all levels, must take the initiative and leadership to make sexual and reproductive rights a reality in their jurisdictions. The example of the Bogotá Council and its agreement on the elimination of barriers to safe abortion is an example of how local measures can be adopted to facilitate the implementation of constitutional and regulatory mandates on abortion with actions. "After one year it is possible to see the progress, the country has made in terms of reproductive autonomy and rights for women and pregnant people. However, we must move from text to action, ensuring that Ruling 055 of 2022 is implemented. Profamilia's commitment will always be to provide comprehensive, humanized and safe services that allow free and informed decision making, and we reiterate this today,” said Marta Royo, Executive Director of Profamilia. “Colombia has set a standard for the region, women and pregnant people deserves to choose the best decision for them and their families. In IPPF we are committed to grow the green wave to ensure that all the countries have equal rights for all, especially in Central America and the Caribbean“ said Eugenia López Uribe, Regional Director of IPPF for the Americas and The Caribbean.  

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| 21 February 2023

1 year anniversary of the historic decision to decriminalize abortion in Colombia

1 year anniversary of the historic decision to decriminalize abortion in Colombia February 21, 2023 Profamilia – an IPPF Member Association and a leading organization in the defence and guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Colombia - celebrates the first year of the Constitutional Court decision that allowed the decriminalization of abortion in Colombia up to 24 weeks of gestation. This represents a historic step for the guarantee of the rights of women and pregnant people in the country and Latin America, as well as a transcendental advance towards the recognition of their autonomy and full citizenship. Thanks to the ruling, those who are faced with an unwanted pregnancy and decide to have an abortion will not be prosecuted or criminalized for accessing what is now considered a health service and a matter of social justice. Similarly, the organization recognizes the issuance of Resolution 051 of 2023, with which the Ministry of Health regulates comprehensive care to provide abortion services throughout Colombia. This resolution recognizes that both women and pregnant people (transgender men, trans masculinities, non-binary people, among others) can access the service without restrictions and reiterates that abortion is an essential and urgent health service that must be guaranteed and not suspended. Since its enactment, Profamilia has guaranteed the implementation of Ruling C-055 of 2022 in its network of more than 53 clinics specialized in sexual and reproductive health nationwide.  In this sense, the Organization shares with public opinion an analysis of what has been evidenced in the first year of the Sentence, as well as recommendations to move towards a society that respects and guarantees the application of the current jurisprudence in favour of the rights and reproductive autonomy of women and pregnant people in the country. The Positive side: Decriminalization increases access and engagement ·   Women, trans men and non-binary people who decide to terminate their pregnancies do so early. During this first year, 97.2% of the abortions performed through Profamilia were performed before the 16th week of gestation and of these, 86% before the 12th week and only 1.1% of the procedures were performed after 24 weeks, under one of the grounds of Ruling C-355 of 2006. ·   After Ruling C-055, access to safe abortion has improved. The Organization recorded a 65.9% increase in procedures. This information coincides with evidence from other countries (Uruguay, France, Portugal, Spain, Mexico City, Mexico) in which, after the legalization of voluntary interruption of pregnancy, there is no long-term increase in procedures, but rather an initial increase that then stabilizes and even decreases. ·   Profamilia has strengthened its MIA service, which accompanies and performs self-managed abortions up to 12 weeks of gestation through telemedicine. This service has reached women who wish to terminate their pregnancies in hard-to-reach municipalities such as: Leticia, in Amazonas, Bahía Solano, in Chocó, San Vicente del Caguán, in Caquetá, Dibulla, in La Guajira, among others. ·   Different authorities have fulfilled their obligations and reiterated their commitment to abortion rights. In August 2022, the National Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, communicated that Colombia officially withdrew from the Geneva Consensus Declaration - recognized for seeking to undermine reproductive autonomy and family diversity - and reiterated that the country recognizes, respects and protects the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls and that, in accordance with the Political Constitution and the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court, the right to legal and safe abortion is an integral and indivisible part of sexual and reproductive rights and health. ·   Resolution 051 of 2023 of the Ministry of Health guarantees the service for migrant women in Colombia and recognizes this right as an essential and urgent service that can never be suspended. It also eliminates co-payments and moderating fees in EPS and medical centers. It reaffirms that minors under 14 years of age may decide autonomously about an abortion, without their parents' permission and even when their decision is contrary to their parents'. The resolution urges to modernize the protocols as an advance for the welfare of women and pregnant people. ·   On February 2, 2023, the Council of Bogota approved Agreement 023, which aims to guarantee the right to abortion without barriers and promote knowledge and access to information on rights and prevention of early motherhood and fatherhood, which not only impacts the right to health, but also strengthens the sector and becomes a benchmark for other cities in the country in the commitment they must make to ensure access to abortion as a health service. ·   The National Development Plan for the period 2022-2026 included the guarantee of the right to abortion (Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy) in the framework of the formulation and implementation of the National Policy on Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Rights that must be updated for the next 10 years, with this it is possible to ensure resources to promote the materialization of all measures and actions to ensure the guarantee of the right to abortion in Colombia. Still concerning: Barriers and violence persist ·   Despite Ruling C-055 of 2022, Profamilia has received users, with less than 24 weeks of gestation, who report having encountered barriers in health professionals who have limited the right and service of abortion. ·   On the other hand, Profamilia's statistics on the provision of IVE (Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy) services in its network of clinics throughout the country reveal a worrying increase in sexual violence against minors under 14 years of age, with an increase from 47.3% in 2021 to 2022. This data coincides, unfortunately, with the report of the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences which indicates that there was a 23% increase by 2022 of sexual crimes against minors, compared to previous year. ·   The legalization of abortion in Colombia has shown limitations in the quality of services, it is essential to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence, training and sensitization of health personnel, the elimination of curettage as the main technique and the definitive closure of sites where unsafe procedures are practiced. What are the challenges? ·   It is necessary to fully comply with the orders of Ruling C-055 of 2022. That is why it is essential to support the approval of legislative and public policy initiatives that seek the implementation and strengthening of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in all educational institutions in the country, in order to prevent gender-based violence, promote the safe and responsible exercise of sexual and reproductive autonomy, knowledge and empowerment in rights, effective and timely access to contraceptive methods, as well as the search for a society with gender equity. ·   With the management of abortion as a public health issue, the country has the possibility of ending the preventable death of 70 women who lose their lives each year due to unsafe abortions, as well as reducing and avoiding 132,000 complications derived from this type of procedure. The legalization of abortion represents the opportunity to place the protection of the health and lives of girls and women at the center as the main objective of all public health policy. ·   The elimination of barriers to access to safe abortion services should be a priority for local health authorities, who are responsible for the inspection, surveillance and control of the health system in their jurisdictions. It is necessary to implement intersectoral mechanisms for follow-up and monitoring of barriers and technical accompaniment of health care providers to ensure an orderly and systematized implementation of the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court and the regulatory norms that have been issued. ·   Territorial entities, at all levels, must take the initiative and leadership to make sexual and reproductive rights a reality in their jurisdictions. The example of the Bogotá Council and its agreement on the elimination of barriers to safe abortion is an example of how local measures can be adopted to facilitate the implementation of constitutional and regulatory mandates on abortion with actions. "After one year it is possible to see the progress, the country has made in terms of reproductive autonomy and rights for women and pregnant people. However, we must move from text to action, ensuring that Ruling 055 of 2022 is implemented. Profamilia's commitment will always be to provide comprehensive, humanized and safe services that allow free and informed decision making, and we reiterate this today,” said Marta Royo, Executive Director of Profamilia. “Colombia has set a standard for the region, women and pregnant people deserves to choose the best decision for them and their families. In IPPF we are committed to grow the green wave to ensure that all the countries have equal rights for all, especially in Central America and the Caribbean“ said Eugenia López Uribe, Regional Director of IPPF for the Americas and The Caribbean.  

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| 13 December 2022

Barbados strikes down anti-gay laws!

In a historic day for the LGBTQ+ community of Barbados, the High Court struck down colonial-era laws which were used to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the island, and further infringe their human rights by promoting violence towards the community.   The decision struck down Sections 9 and 12 of the Barbados Sexual Offences Act, also known as the “buggery” and “indecency” laws, which criminalized consensual same-sex intimacy. Under Section 9, punishment for breaking the law could be as severe as life imprisonment for men who engaged in same-sex sexual activity. Under Section 12, men, as well as women, were criminalized and liable to imprisonment of up to 10 years. The oral ruling was given on the 12th Decemnber 2022, with a written decision to come in early 2023, and was the third such ruling in the Caribbean this year with both Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis striking down similar laws, showing that significant progress is being made even within its challenging context.  The case was filed by Barbadian LGBTQ+ advocates with local LGBTQ+ organization Equals providing community support, and with the regional LGBT umbrella organization, Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality facilitating. Michael Rapley, Chair of Equals Barbados told IPPF Americas and The Caribbean “While this is a major step towards equality in Barbados, there is still work to be done to address the lack of protections that LGBTQ+ people in Barbados face, as well as a need to create positive public perceptions of the community.” During this moment of celebration, we are reminded that there is still much to be done. LGBQT+ people living in the Caribbean are reporting rising discrimination and harassment, even barriers to accessing basic services. This highlights the real work being done on the ground which regional and international organizations must continue to support in order to strengthen these organizations while using our voices to advocate for social and legislative change.  IPPF ACRO stands in strong solidarity with the people of Barbados, and LGBTQ+ people throughout the region who continue to fight for their rights and freedom from stigma and discrimination. “We will not stop until everyone in our region is afforded the rights and freedoms to which they are entitled. We congratulate all those who have contributed to the progress made in the Caribbean this year. IPPF ACRO remains committed to being a strong ally in the work still to be done.” Dona Da Costa Martinez – IPPF ACRO Deputy Regional Director.  

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| 13 December 2022

Barbados strikes down anti-gay laws!

In a historic day for the LGBTQ+ community of Barbados, the High Court struck down colonial-era laws which were used to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the island, and further infringe their human rights by promoting violence towards the community.   The decision struck down Sections 9 and 12 of the Barbados Sexual Offences Act, also known as the “buggery” and “indecency” laws, which criminalized consensual same-sex intimacy. Under Section 9, punishment for breaking the law could be as severe as life imprisonment for men who engaged in same-sex sexual activity. Under Section 12, men, as well as women, were criminalized and liable to imprisonment of up to 10 years. The oral ruling was given on the 12th Decemnber 2022, with a written decision to come in early 2023, and was the third such ruling in the Caribbean this year with both Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis striking down similar laws, showing that significant progress is being made even within its challenging context.  The case was filed by Barbadian LGBTQ+ advocates with local LGBTQ+ organization Equals providing community support, and with the regional LGBT umbrella organization, Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality facilitating. Michael Rapley, Chair of Equals Barbados told IPPF Americas and The Caribbean “While this is a major step towards equality in Barbados, there is still work to be done to address the lack of protections that LGBTQ+ people in Barbados face, as well as a need to create positive public perceptions of the community.” During this moment of celebration, we are reminded that there is still much to be done. LGBQT+ people living in the Caribbean are reporting rising discrimination and harassment, even barriers to accessing basic services. This highlights the real work being done on the ground which regional and international organizations must continue to support in order to strengthen these organizations while using our voices to advocate for social and legislative change.  IPPF ACRO stands in strong solidarity with the people of Barbados, and LGBTQ+ people throughout the region who continue to fight for their rights and freedom from stigma and discrimination. “We will not stop until everyone in our region is afforded the rights and freedoms to which they are entitled. We congratulate all those who have contributed to the progress made in the Caribbean this year. IPPF ACRO remains committed to being a strong ally in the work still to be done.” Dona Da Costa Martinez – IPPF ACRO Deputy Regional Director.  

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| 30 November 2022

New IPPF Member Associations in Guadeloupe and Bolivia!

The International Planned Parenthood Federation Americas and the Caribbean proudly welcome two New Member Associations in Guadeloupe and Bolivia!  Association Guadeloupéenne pour le Planning Familial (AGPF) and Colectivo Rebeldía join the IPPF family, which spans 30 countries across the Americas and Caribbean region and over 120 countries around the world, Together we stand united in the fight for Reproductive Justice for ALL.  Formed in 1965, today the Association Guadeloupéenne pour le Planning Familial (AGPF), also known as La Maternite Consciente, oversees maternal and child welfare, and manages immunization, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS programmes. It also monitors other work and needs related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). It operates 5 clinics, which provide contraceptive services, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, pap smears, STI screening and pre- and post-abortion counselling. AGPF also delivers outreach educational services on contraception and SRH in Creole, to promote the use of clinical services, particularly among migrants from neighbouring islands such as Dominca, Haiti and St.Lucia, who frequently wish to use SRH services but are unable to pay. The organization has been an affiliate member of IPPF through The Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation (CFPA) for many years, and became a full Member Association in November 2022. Colectivo Rebeldía began its activities in March 1995. A group of feminist women articulated to, from our rebellions, influence and broaden the impact of the dreams of dignity and full life for women. Their mission - from critical and purposeful rebellion, recreates feminisms through sexual freedoms, knowledge, dialogues and knowledge together with empowered women and organizations, transforming society, the economy and politics to live well. As they celebrate their second decade, Colectivo Rebeldía remain a powerful front for the women's and feminist movement at a local and national level in Bolivia. And a consistent institution in its fight for the exercise of women's rights and social justice. Colectivo became a Member Association of IPPF in November 2022.  

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| 30 November 2022

New IPPF Member Associations in Guadeloupe and Bolivia!

The International Planned Parenthood Federation Americas and the Caribbean proudly welcome two New Member Associations in Guadeloupe and Bolivia!  Association Guadeloupéenne pour le Planning Familial (AGPF) and Colectivo Rebeldía join the IPPF family, which spans 30 countries across the Americas and Caribbean region and over 120 countries around the world, Together we stand united in the fight for Reproductive Justice for ALL.  Formed in 1965, today the Association Guadeloupéenne pour le Planning Familial (AGPF), also known as La Maternite Consciente, oversees maternal and child welfare, and manages immunization, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS programmes. It also monitors other work and needs related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). It operates 5 clinics, which provide contraceptive services, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, pap smears, STI screening and pre- and post-abortion counselling. AGPF also delivers outreach educational services on contraception and SRH in Creole, to promote the use of clinical services, particularly among migrants from neighbouring islands such as Dominca, Haiti and St.Lucia, who frequently wish to use SRH services but are unable to pay. The organization has been an affiliate member of IPPF through The Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation (CFPA) for many years, and became a full Member Association in November 2022. Colectivo Rebeldía began its activities in March 1995. A group of feminist women articulated to, from our rebellions, influence and broaden the impact of the dreams of dignity and full life for women. Their mission - from critical and purposeful rebellion, recreates feminisms through sexual freedoms, knowledge, dialogues and knowledge together with empowered women and organizations, transforming society, the economy and politics to live well. As they celebrate their second decade, Colectivo Rebeldía remain a powerful front for the women's and feminist movement at a local and national level in Bolivia. And a consistent institution in its fight for the exercise of women's rights and social justice. Colectivo became a Member Association of IPPF in November 2022.