International Planned Parenthood Federation to mark 60th anniversary from Wednesday

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) will Wednesday in Johannesburg, South Africa, kick-start a series of activities, including a Gala night, to mark its 60th anniversary, the Federation said in a statement made available to PANA here Tuesday.

The nine-day activities, which IPPF said would ''commemorate 60 years of change and service to women and men across the world'', will include leadership training for men and women who lead health institutions in Africa as a strategy of substantively contributing to positive health outcomes.

It will also include a Youth Forum that brings together young men and women sexual health advocates under the age of 24 in Africa to strengthen conversations and leadership on what it means to have or not have access to sexual health services as young people in Africa, as well as a Marketplace showcasing the work of IPPF Member Associations in 172 countries.

The Youth Forum is expected to come up with strategies on continued engagement with policy makers.

The commemoration, which IPPF is holding in partnership with the Pan African Parliament and the South African Government, will also  feature a Gala night, where African philanthropy awards will be given to eminent Africans, including President Joyce Banda of Malawi,
the Founders of the African Women Development Fund (AWDF), Mr. James Mwangi, the Founder of Equity Bank, Foundations and others who have greatly contributed to African development, in particular on issues of women’s development and right to health.

Also to be honoured at the Gala night will be two young people who wrote inspiring essays on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa in the next 60 years, the Federation said.

During the Awards Ceremony, the groundbreaking book, ’60 years, 60 Stories’, will be launched by the First Lady of Namibia, Mrs. Penehupifo Pohamba.

The book features testimonials of the early volunteers, poor women whose lives would have been different had they not accessed family planning early on, workers who risk everything to go to the most remote places to promote family planning.

The IPPF was formed at the 3rd International Conference on Planned Parenthood in November 1952 in Bombay, India, to ensure that family planning became a right to free up women’s time and rights, to protect women from unwanted pregnancies and deaths from pregnancies,

The organisation has since grown into an a Federation of 152 Member Associations, 38 of them in Africa, working in 172 countries with over 65,000 family planning and sexual health service delivery points.

In 2011 alone, over 89 million sexual and reproductive health services were provided by the Federation.
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20 Novembro 2012 13:40:48

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