International Planned Parenthood Federation
Founded in 1952, IPPF works towards providing and rendering easy access to basic sexual and reproductive health information through direct delivery of sexual and reproductive health services and education programs, international advocacy, intervention in disaster and emergencies and development of pan-national projects in response to specific needs. IPPF adopts a right based approach and engages in campaigning for sexual and reproductive health rights through advocacy and services, especially to poor and vulnerable men, women and children. IPPF seek to protect the right of people to ensure sexual lives free from ill health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination. IPPF also focuses on women’s health whereby IPPF works to ensure that women are not put at unnecessary risk of injury, illness and death as a result of pregnancy and childbirth and supports a woman’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy legally and safely. It also works to reduce spread of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV/AIDS. Key thematic areas under which the works of IPPF can be categorized are contraception, women’s health, sexual rights, abortion, humanitarian, young people and adolescent, gender equality, advocacy and HIV/AIDS.
History of Involvement With Men
IPPF has been undertaking pioneering work on engaging men and boys for many years, reflecting the organization's commitment to identifying and addressing men's and boys' own SRH needs and ensuring that men and boys fully understand and promote gender equity and the SRHR of men, women and young people. IPPF recognizes that men and boys are not only the perpetrator of gender based violence but also a victim of such a mode of violence, especially in case of transgender and men who have sex with men due to their sexual or gender identity. Also it recognizes that men and boys also suffer as a result of gender norms. For instance, cultural definitions of manliness may prevent men and boys from communicating their sexual and reproductive health needs and adopting safer sexual behaviours. It acknowledges that gender equality is not a sole domain and responsibility of women rather it requires engaging with men and boys as one of its core action towards building a more gender equitable society. Also engaging men and boys is essential to improve their own health as well as health outcomes of women and children. IPPF has a policy on men and SRH and as a part of the policy, IPPF had undertaken a project called “The IPPF Men and Gender Equality Research Project” as an outcome of which two publications and a tool kit was formulated for better engaging men and boys viz., - “Men are Changing”, a compilation of case studies that examine the impact of programmes and interventions working with men and boys, as well as future recommendations; a report called “Male Involvement Report” comprising of regional research findings in Africa and South Asia on men as partners and corresponding action plans based on the research recommendations to enable these regions to better address this issue; and an information and guidance toolkit for NGOs and governments called “ Men-Streaming in Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV: A Toolkit for Policy Development and Advocacy” to help review and update existing policies to ensure they fully engage men and boys in SRHR and HIV, respectively. IPPF is also a member of MenEngage - global alliance of NGOs and UN agencies that seek to engage men and boys to achieve gender equality.
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