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Africa's Health Champions: IPPF Regions' Achievements in 2023

IPPF Africa Region has released its 2023 achievements video highlighting impactful work across the continent this past year. The 2-minute video gives a snapshot of IPPF's support for expanding access to family planning, advancing sexual and reproductive health rights through advocacy, supporting gender, equality, providing comprehensive sexuality education for youth, increasing access to safe abortion care, and eliminating harmful practices.
IPPF Regions' Achievements in 2023
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| 18 January 2024

Africa's Health Champions: IPPF Regions' Achievements in 2023

IPPF Africa Region has released its 2023 achievements video highlighting impactful work across the continent this past year. The 2-minute video gives a snapshot of IPPF's support for expanding access to family planning, advancing sexual and reproductive health rights through advocacy, supporting gender, equality, providing comprehensive sexuality education for youth, increasing access to safe abortion care, and eliminating harmful practices. It’s an inspiring video that showcases milestones in IPPF's continued efforts to prioritize humanity through prioritizing health and human rights.

IPPF Regions' Achievements in 2023
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| 27 February 2024

Africa's Health Champions: IPPF Regions' Achievements in 2023

IPPF Africa Region has released its 2023 achievements video highlighting impactful work across the continent this past year. The 2-minute video gives a snapshot of IPPF's support for expanding access to family planning, advancing sexual and reproductive health rights through advocacy, supporting gender, equality, providing comprehensive sexuality education for youth, increasing access to safe abortion care, and eliminating harmful practices. It’s an inspiring video that showcases milestones in IPPF's continued efforts to prioritize humanity through prioritizing health and human rights.

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| 12 October 2023

Common Senses Campaign - Challenging Stereotypes in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

IPPFAR launched on 10th September 2023 a new digital campaign called 'Common Senses' to challenge stereotypes and reshape narratives around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across Sub-Saharan Africa. This bold and innovative digital campaign aims to break down harmful myths and misconceptions relating to gender, sexual orientation, disability, and access to healthcare. Through compelling video content grounded in the unifying principles of empathy, humanity and Ubuntu philosophy, it will encourage audiences to open their minds, engage in thoughtful discussion, and reconsider preconceived notions. Using the power of empathy and shared human experiences, Common Senses aims to transform topics once seen as taboo into an open, judgement-free conversation. It aims at: Celebrating the common senses that humanise and bond us beyond our differences, through the values of Ubuntu. Changing the narrative around Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression, and roles by creating and supporting a new narrative towards what is just, honest, and undeniably human. Empowering the audience by informing and educating them on simple terms relatable to women & young girls, persons with disabilities, and the LGBTIQ+ Community. Campaign Overview Rooted in the Ubuntu philosophy, this campaign invites African youths to embrace the common senses and fundamental principles that unite us all: freedom, passion, togetherness, and humanity. Take the challenge, challenge your #CommonSenses! We’re all just #UndeniablyHuman. Our "Common Senses" campaign unfolds across six major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and Linkedin.  At the heart of the campaign will be a series of impactful video series showing the world through the eyes of marginalized groups, including LGBTQI+ and transgender individuals, people with disabilities, and victims of sexual harassment. By evoking empathy, these stories will encourage audiences to reconsider preconceived notions around topics like gender identity, sexual orientation, and women’s rights. IPPF is inviting people across Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to join the Common Senses by opening their eyes, ears and minds. “This is not about pointing fingers or assigning blame. It is about realizing we have more in common than we think. Let’s just approach each other with empathy first,” Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry stated. CONTEXT BEHIND THE MAKING OF ‘COMMON SENSES’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is a human rights concept applied to sexuality and reproduction, encompassing a range of fundamental human rights, such as the right to life, health, privacy, education, and freedom from discrimination. These principles ensure that everyone is entitled to accessible reproductive healthcare, information, and facilities without discrimination. Despite these rights, gender stereotypes often obstruct access to SRHR, especially for women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. These stereotypes persist in many Sub-Saharan countries, underlining the need for a shift in mindset and youth engagement to reshape narratives regarding SRHR and gender. Figures of Women & Young Girls Facing Stereotypes:  Gender inequality and stereotypes deny women access to reproductive healthcare. With 31% of African females aged 20-24 married before 18, addressing adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights is vital.[1] A 2021 UNFPA study revealed that approximately 49 million sexually active women in East and Southern Africa lack access to modern contraception and family planning services, resulting in adolescent pregnancy rates in the region being twice the global average, at 92 births per 1,000 girls. 37% of ever-partnered women above the age of 15 in low and middle-income countries in the African region had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.[2] Figures of Persons with Disabilities Facing Stereotypes: Persons with disabilities face a myriad of demand and supply-side barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health care in Sub-Saharan Africa because of systemic discrimination and denial of their needs. Figures of LGBTIQ+ Community Facing Stereotypes: According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA), 33 of the 54 African states recognised by the UN have laws that criminalise same-sex sexual acts. In most of the 21 other African countries, homosexuality is not criminalised in legislation. However, in some, provisions penalising ‘acts against nature’, ‘indecency’, or ‘debauchery’ are used against LGBTIQ persons. TESTIMONIALS Women & Young Girls “Our church doctrine is that girls must marry when they are between 12- and 16-years-old to make sure they do not sin by having sexual relations outside marriage. As soon as a girl reaches puberty any man in the church can claim her for a wife.”- women, South Sudan, 2015[3]. Persons with Disabilities “Most of the ladies like to tease me and they say, “Come, I want to marry you”. Then they say, “If I marry you, how are you going to satisfy me sex-wise?” I said, “That’s the problem with you people when you look at people with spinal cord injuries, people with physical disabilities, you still have that mindset of saying that they can’t have sex, they can’t do this or they can’t do that. That is your big mistake. We can have sex. We can live a normal life like everyone else. So, that thing must come out of your mind.”— Mandla, February 2021 - South Africa[4] LGBTIQ+ Community “I am a human being before who I have sex with. I could be a doctor giving services at the health care centre, but the media portrays me just as a sex addict.” - Jam Session, 2023.   CAMPAIGN RESOURCES Campaign launching press release Campaign videos

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| 27 February 2024

Common Senses Campaign - Challenging Stereotypes in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

IPPFAR launched on 10th September 2023 a new digital campaign called 'Common Senses' to challenge stereotypes and reshape narratives around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across Sub-Saharan Africa. This bold and innovative digital campaign aims to break down harmful myths and misconceptions relating to gender, sexual orientation, disability, and access to healthcare. Through compelling video content grounded in the unifying principles of empathy, humanity and Ubuntu philosophy, it will encourage audiences to open their minds, engage in thoughtful discussion, and reconsider preconceived notions. Using the power of empathy and shared human experiences, Common Senses aims to transform topics once seen as taboo into an open, judgement-free conversation. It aims at: Celebrating the common senses that humanise and bond us beyond our differences, through the values of Ubuntu. Changing the narrative around Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression, and roles by creating and supporting a new narrative towards what is just, honest, and undeniably human. Empowering the audience by informing and educating them on simple terms relatable to women & young girls, persons with disabilities, and the LGBTIQ+ Community. Campaign Overview Rooted in the Ubuntu philosophy, this campaign invites African youths to embrace the common senses and fundamental principles that unite us all: freedom, passion, togetherness, and humanity. Take the challenge, challenge your #CommonSenses! We’re all just #UndeniablyHuman. Our "Common Senses" campaign unfolds across six major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and Linkedin.  At the heart of the campaign will be a series of impactful video series showing the world through the eyes of marginalized groups, including LGBTQI+ and transgender individuals, people with disabilities, and victims of sexual harassment. By evoking empathy, these stories will encourage audiences to reconsider preconceived notions around topics like gender identity, sexual orientation, and women’s rights. IPPF is inviting people across Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to join the Common Senses by opening their eyes, ears and minds. “This is not about pointing fingers or assigning blame. It is about realizing we have more in common than we think. Let’s just approach each other with empathy first,” Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry stated. CONTEXT BEHIND THE MAKING OF ‘COMMON SENSES’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is a human rights concept applied to sexuality and reproduction, encompassing a range of fundamental human rights, such as the right to life, health, privacy, education, and freedom from discrimination. These principles ensure that everyone is entitled to accessible reproductive healthcare, information, and facilities without discrimination. Despite these rights, gender stereotypes often obstruct access to SRHR, especially for women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. These stereotypes persist in many Sub-Saharan countries, underlining the need for a shift in mindset and youth engagement to reshape narratives regarding SRHR and gender. Figures of Women & Young Girls Facing Stereotypes:  Gender inequality and stereotypes deny women access to reproductive healthcare. With 31% of African females aged 20-24 married before 18, addressing adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights is vital.[1] A 2021 UNFPA study revealed that approximately 49 million sexually active women in East and Southern Africa lack access to modern contraception and family planning services, resulting in adolescent pregnancy rates in the region being twice the global average, at 92 births per 1,000 girls. 37% of ever-partnered women above the age of 15 in low and middle-income countries in the African region had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.[2] Figures of Persons with Disabilities Facing Stereotypes: Persons with disabilities face a myriad of demand and supply-side barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health care in Sub-Saharan Africa because of systemic discrimination and denial of their needs. Figures of LGBTIQ+ Community Facing Stereotypes: According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA), 33 of the 54 African states recognised by the UN have laws that criminalise same-sex sexual acts. In most of the 21 other African countries, homosexuality is not criminalised in legislation. However, in some, provisions penalising ‘acts against nature’, ‘indecency’, or ‘debauchery’ are used against LGBTIQ persons. TESTIMONIALS Women & Young Girls “Our church doctrine is that girls must marry when they are between 12- and 16-years-old to make sure they do not sin by having sexual relations outside marriage. As soon as a girl reaches puberty any man in the church can claim her for a wife.”- women, South Sudan, 2015[3]. Persons with Disabilities “Most of the ladies like to tease me and they say, “Come, I want to marry you”. Then they say, “If I marry you, how are you going to satisfy me sex-wise?” I said, “That’s the problem with you people when you look at people with spinal cord injuries, people with physical disabilities, you still have that mindset of saying that they can’t have sex, they can’t do this or they can’t do that. That is your big mistake. We can have sex. We can live a normal life like everyone else. So, that thing must come out of your mind.”— Mandla, February 2021 - South Africa[4] LGBTIQ+ Community “I am a human being before who I have sex with. I could be a doctor giving services at the health care centre, but the media portrays me just as a sex addict.” - Jam Session, 2023.   CAMPAIGN RESOURCES Campaign launching press release Campaign videos

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| 10 October 2023

IPPF Africa Region Quarterly Newsletter - July to September 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hear Our Roar, the quarterly newsletter from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Region. This newsletter serves as your go-to source for all of the latest activities, events, initiatives, and accomplishments from IPPF member associations across the continent. In this July-September 2023 edition, you'll find stories highlighting the tremendous work being done by IPPF members to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights across Africa. From scaling up access to family planning services to empowering young people with comprehensive sexuality education, our member associations are making great strides despite ongoing challenges. As always, this newsletter demonstrates the creativity, compassion, and commitment of IPPF member associations in Africa. While challenges remain, they continue to find new and innovative ways to deliver the information, services, and support people need to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. Click here or on the image below image to explore all of the latest updates from IPPF's essential work across Africa.  

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| 27 February 2024

IPPF Africa Region Quarterly Newsletter - July to September 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hear Our Roar, the quarterly newsletter from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Region. This newsletter serves as your go-to source for all of the latest activities, events, initiatives, and accomplishments from IPPF member associations across the continent. In this July-September 2023 edition, you'll find stories highlighting the tremendous work being done by IPPF members to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights across Africa. From scaling up access to family planning services to empowering young people with comprehensive sexuality education, our member associations are making great strides despite ongoing challenges. As always, this newsletter demonstrates the creativity, compassion, and commitment of IPPF member associations in Africa. While challenges remain, they continue to find new and innovative ways to deliver the information, services, and support people need to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. Click here or on the image below image to explore all of the latest updates from IPPF's essential work across Africa.  

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| 09 October 2023

IPPF ARO Factsheet 2023

IPPF Africa Region is pleased to share its latest factsheet. This comprehensive document outlines IPPFAR's mission, values, and vision for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights across sub-Saharan Africa. The factsheet provides an overview of IPPFAR's extensive reach, with 28 full-member associations and 8 collaborative partners in 36 countries. It highlights IPPFAR's focus areas which include integrated service delivery, youth-friendly comprehensive sexuality education, advocacy,  support for feminist movements and humanitarian aid. This factsheet is an excellent resource summarizing IPPFAR's work championing sexual and reproductive health and rights and empowering communities across Africa.  Please click on the picture below to view it, or scroll to the end of this page to download the document in PDF format.    

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| 27 February 2024

IPPF ARO Factsheet 2023

IPPF Africa Region is pleased to share its latest factsheet. This comprehensive document outlines IPPFAR's mission, values, and vision for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights across sub-Saharan Africa. The factsheet provides an overview of IPPFAR's extensive reach, with 28 full-member associations and 8 collaborative partners in 36 countries. It highlights IPPFAR's focus areas which include integrated service delivery, youth-friendly comprehensive sexuality education, advocacy,  support for feminist movements and humanitarian aid. This factsheet is an excellent resource summarizing IPPFAR's work championing sexual and reproductive health and rights and empowering communities across Africa.  Please click on the picture below to view it, or scroll to the end of this page to download the document in PDF format.    

Hear Our roar June 2023
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| 14 July 2023

IPPF Africa Region Quarterly Newsletter - April to June 2023

The Hear Our Roar is your go-to source for updates on the latest activities and accomplishments of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Region. Click on the image below to read the 🗓️ April-June 2023 Edition.  

Hear Our roar June 2023
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| 27 February 2024

IPPF Africa Region Quarterly Newsletter - April to June 2023

The Hear Our Roar is your go-to source for updates on the latest activities and accomplishments of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Region. Click on the image below to read the 🗓️ April-June 2023 Edition.  

IPPF 2022 Annual performance report
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| 08 June 2023

2022 Annual Performance Report

IPPF delivered a total of 226.9 million sexual and reproductive health services, including 5 million safe abortion services, an increase of 11% from 2021. IPPF Member Associations served more vulnerable people in humanitarian settings than ever before: a total of 10 million in 2022. Across the globe, IPPF MAs are fighting back, challenging unjust laws and policies and spreading our powerful messages. We have won major victories. In Colombia, the Latin American Green Wave of abortion rights successes continued as the country’s highest court decriminalized abortion. Globally, IPPF achieved 150 advocacy wins in 2022 to support or defend sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality in policy or legislation, 24% more than in 2021. Read more by downloading the 2022 IPPF Annual Performance Report Below. 

IPPF 2022 Annual performance report
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| 27 February 2024

2022 Annual Performance Report

IPPF delivered a total of 226.9 million sexual and reproductive health services, including 5 million safe abortion services, an increase of 11% from 2021. IPPF Member Associations served more vulnerable people in humanitarian settings than ever before: a total of 10 million in 2022. Across the globe, IPPF MAs are fighting back, challenging unjust laws and policies and spreading our powerful messages. We have won major victories. In Colombia, the Latin American Green Wave of abortion rights successes continued as the country’s highest court decriminalized abortion. Globally, IPPF achieved 150 advocacy wins in 2022 to support or defend sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality in policy or legislation, 24% more than in 2021. Read more by downloading the 2022 IPPF Annual Performance Report Below. 

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| 18 January 2024

Africa's Health Champions: IPPF Regions' Achievements in 2023

IPPF Africa Region has released its 2023 achievements video highlighting impactful work across the continent this past year. The 2-minute video gives a snapshot of IPPF's support for expanding access to family planning, advancing sexual and reproductive health rights through advocacy, supporting gender, equality, providing comprehensive sexuality education for youth, increasing access to safe abortion care, and eliminating harmful practices. It’s an inspiring video that showcases milestones in IPPF's continued efforts to prioritize humanity through prioritizing health and human rights.

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| 27 February 2024

Africa's Health Champions: IPPF Regions' Achievements in 2023

IPPF Africa Region has released its 2023 achievements video highlighting impactful work across the continent this past year. The 2-minute video gives a snapshot of IPPF's support for expanding access to family planning, advancing sexual and reproductive health rights through advocacy, supporting gender, equality, providing comprehensive sexuality education for youth, increasing access to safe abortion care, and eliminating harmful practices. It’s an inspiring video that showcases milestones in IPPF's continued efforts to prioritize humanity through prioritizing health and human rights.

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| 12 October 2023

Common Senses Campaign - Challenging Stereotypes in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

IPPFAR launched on 10th September 2023 a new digital campaign called 'Common Senses' to challenge stereotypes and reshape narratives around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across Sub-Saharan Africa. This bold and innovative digital campaign aims to break down harmful myths and misconceptions relating to gender, sexual orientation, disability, and access to healthcare. Through compelling video content grounded in the unifying principles of empathy, humanity and Ubuntu philosophy, it will encourage audiences to open their minds, engage in thoughtful discussion, and reconsider preconceived notions. Using the power of empathy and shared human experiences, Common Senses aims to transform topics once seen as taboo into an open, judgement-free conversation. It aims at: Celebrating the common senses that humanise and bond us beyond our differences, through the values of Ubuntu. Changing the narrative around Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression, and roles by creating and supporting a new narrative towards what is just, honest, and undeniably human. Empowering the audience by informing and educating them on simple terms relatable to women & young girls, persons with disabilities, and the LGBTIQ+ Community. Campaign Overview Rooted in the Ubuntu philosophy, this campaign invites African youths to embrace the common senses and fundamental principles that unite us all: freedom, passion, togetherness, and humanity. Take the challenge, challenge your #CommonSenses! We’re all just #UndeniablyHuman. Our "Common Senses" campaign unfolds across six major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and Linkedin.  At the heart of the campaign will be a series of impactful video series showing the world through the eyes of marginalized groups, including LGBTQI+ and transgender individuals, people with disabilities, and victims of sexual harassment. By evoking empathy, these stories will encourage audiences to reconsider preconceived notions around topics like gender identity, sexual orientation, and women’s rights. IPPF is inviting people across Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to join the Common Senses by opening their eyes, ears and minds. “This is not about pointing fingers or assigning blame. It is about realizing we have more in common than we think. Let’s just approach each other with empathy first,” Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry stated. CONTEXT BEHIND THE MAKING OF ‘COMMON SENSES’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is a human rights concept applied to sexuality and reproduction, encompassing a range of fundamental human rights, such as the right to life, health, privacy, education, and freedom from discrimination. These principles ensure that everyone is entitled to accessible reproductive healthcare, information, and facilities without discrimination. Despite these rights, gender stereotypes often obstruct access to SRHR, especially for women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. These stereotypes persist in many Sub-Saharan countries, underlining the need for a shift in mindset and youth engagement to reshape narratives regarding SRHR and gender. Figures of Women & Young Girls Facing Stereotypes:  Gender inequality and stereotypes deny women access to reproductive healthcare. With 31% of African females aged 20-24 married before 18, addressing adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights is vital.[1] A 2021 UNFPA study revealed that approximately 49 million sexually active women in East and Southern Africa lack access to modern contraception and family planning services, resulting in adolescent pregnancy rates in the region being twice the global average, at 92 births per 1,000 girls. 37% of ever-partnered women above the age of 15 in low and middle-income countries in the African region had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.[2] Figures of Persons with Disabilities Facing Stereotypes: Persons with disabilities face a myriad of demand and supply-side barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health care in Sub-Saharan Africa because of systemic discrimination and denial of their needs. Figures of LGBTIQ+ Community Facing Stereotypes: According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA), 33 of the 54 African states recognised by the UN have laws that criminalise same-sex sexual acts. In most of the 21 other African countries, homosexuality is not criminalised in legislation. However, in some, provisions penalising ‘acts against nature’, ‘indecency’, or ‘debauchery’ are used against LGBTIQ persons. TESTIMONIALS Women & Young Girls “Our church doctrine is that girls must marry when they are between 12- and 16-years-old to make sure they do not sin by having sexual relations outside marriage. As soon as a girl reaches puberty any man in the church can claim her for a wife.”- women, South Sudan, 2015[3]. Persons with Disabilities “Most of the ladies like to tease me and they say, “Come, I want to marry you”. Then they say, “If I marry you, how are you going to satisfy me sex-wise?” I said, “That’s the problem with you people when you look at people with spinal cord injuries, people with physical disabilities, you still have that mindset of saying that they can’t have sex, they can’t do this or they can’t do that. That is your big mistake. We can have sex. We can live a normal life like everyone else. So, that thing must come out of your mind.”— Mandla, February 2021 - South Africa[4] LGBTIQ+ Community “I am a human being before who I have sex with. I could be a doctor giving services at the health care centre, but the media portrays me just as a sex addict.” - Jam Session, 2023.   CAMPAIGN RESOURCES Campaign launching press release Campaign videos

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| 27 February 2024

Common Senses Campaign - Challenging Stereotypes in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

IPPFAR launched on 10th September 2023 a new digital campaign called 'Common Senses' to challenge stereotypes and reshape narratives around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across Sub-Saharan Africa. This bold and innovative digital campaign aims to break down harmful myths and misconceptions relating to gender, sexual orientation, disability, and access to healthcare. Through compelling video content grounded in the unifying principles of empathy, humanity and Ubuntu philosophy, it will encourage audiences to open their minds, engage in thoughtful discussion, and reconsider preconceived notions. Using the power of empathy and shared human experiences, Common Senses aims to transform topics once seen as taboo into an open, judgement-free conversation. It aims at: Celebrating the common senses that humanise and bond us beyond our differences, through the values of Ubuntu. Changing the narrative around Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression, and roles by creating and supporting a new narrative towards what is just, honest, and undeniably human. Empowering the audience by informing and educating them on simple terms relatable to women & young girls, persons with disabilities, and the LGBTIQ+ Community. Campaign Overview Rooted in the Ubuntu philosophy, this campaign invites African youths to embrace the common senses and fundamental principles that unite us all: freedom, passion, togetherness, and humanity. Take the challenge, challenge your #CommonSenses! We’re all just #UndeniablyHuman. Our "Common Senses" campaign unfolds across six major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and Linkedin.  At the heart of the campaign will be a series of impactful video series showing the world through the eyes of marginalized groups, including LGBTQI+ and transgender individuals, people with disabilities, and victims of sexual harassment. By evoking empathy, these stories will encourage audiences to reconsider preconceived notions around topics like gender identity, sexual orientation, and women’s rights. IPPF is inviting people across Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to join the Common Senses by opening their eyes, ears and minds. “This is not about pointing fingers or assigning blame. It is about realizing we have more in common than we think. Let’s just approach each other with empathy first,” Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry stated. CONTEXT BEHIND THE MAKING OF ‘COMMON SENSES’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is a human rights concept applied to sexuality and reproduction, encompassing a range of fundamental human rights, such as the right to life, health, privacy, education, and freedom from discrimination. These principles ensure that everyone is entitled to accessible reproductive healthcare, information, and facilities without discrimination. Despite these rights, gender stereotypes often obstruct access to SRHR, especially for women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. These stereotypes persist in many Sub-Saharan countries, underlining the need for a shift in mindset and youth engagement to reshape narratives regarding SRHR and gender. Figures of Women & Young Girls Facing Stereotypes:  Gender inequality and stereotypes deny women access to reproductive healthcare. With 31% of African females aged 20-24 married before 18, addressing adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights is vital.[1] A 2021 UNFPA study revealed that approximately 49 million sexually active women in East and Southern Africa lack access to modern contraception and family planning services, resulting in adolescent pregnancy rates in the region being twice the global average, at 92 births per 1,000 girls. 37% of ever-partnered women above the age of 15 in low and middle-income countries in the African region had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.[2] Figures of Persons with Disabilities Facing Stereotypes: Persons with disabilities face a myriad of demand and supply-side barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health care in Sub-Saharan Africa because of systemic discrimination and denial of their needs. Figures of LGBTIQ+ Community Facing Stereotypes: According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA), 33 of the 54 African states recognised by the UN have laws that criminalise same-sex sexual acts. In most of the 21 other African countries, homosexuality is not criminalised in legislation. However, in some, provisions penalising ‘acts against nature’, ‘indecency’, or ‘debauchery’ are used against LGBTIQ persons. TESTIMONIALS Women & Young Girls “Our church doctrine is that girls must marry when they are between 12- and 16-years-old to make sure they do not sin by having sexual relations outside marriage. As soon as a girl reaches puberty any man in the church can claim her for a wife.”- women, South Sudan, 2015[3]. Persons with Disabilities “Most of the ladies like to tease me and they say, “Come, I want to marry you”. Then they say, “If I marry you, how are you going to satisfy me sex-wise?” I said, “That’s the problem with you people when you look at people with spinal cord injuries, people with physical disabilities, you still have that mindset of saying that they can’t have sex, they can’t do this or they can’t do that. That is your big mistake. We can have sex. We can live a normal life like everyone else. So, that thing must come out of your mind.”— Mandla, February 2021 - South Africa[4] LGBTIQ+ Community “I am a human being before who I have sex with. I could be a doctor giving services at the health care centre, but the media portrays me just as a sex addict.” - Jam Session, 2023.   CAMPAIGN RESOURCES Campaign launching press release Campaign videos

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| 10 October 2023

IPPF Africa Region Quarterly Newsletter - July to September 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hear Our Roar, the quarterly newsletter from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Region. This newsletter serves as your go-to source for all of the latest activities, events, initiatives, and accomplishments from IPPF member associations across the continent. In this July-September 2023 edition, you'll find stories highlighting the tremendous work being done by IPPF members to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights across Africa. From scaling up access to family planning services to empowering young people with comprehensive sexuality education, our member associations are making great strides despite ongoing challenges. As always, this newsletter demonstrates the creativity, compassion, and commitment of IPPF member associations in Africa. While challenges remain, they continue to find new and innovative ways to deliver the information, services, and support people need to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. Click here or on the image below image to explore all of the latest updates from IPPF's essential work across Africa.  

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| 27 February 2024

IPPF Africa Region Quarterly Newsletter - July to September 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hear Our Roar, the quarterly newsletter from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Region. This newsletter serves as your go-to source for all of the latest activities, events, initiatives, and accomplishments from IPPF member associations across the continent. In this July-September 2023 edition, you'll find stories highlighting the tremendous work being done by IPPF members to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights across Africa. From scaling up access to family planning services to empowering young people with comprehensive sexuality education, our member associations are making great strides despite ongoing challenges. As always, this newsletter demonstrates the creativity, compassion, and commitment of IPPF member associations in Africa. While challenges remain, they continue to find new and innovative ways to deliver the information, services, and support people need to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. Click here or on the image below image to explore all of the latest updates from IPPF's essential work across Africa.  

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| 09 October 2023

IPPF ARO Factsheet 2023

IPPF Africa Region is pleased to share its latest factsheet. This comprehensive document outlines IPPFAR's mission, values, and vision for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights across sub-Saharan Africa. The factsheet provides an overview of IPPFAR's extensive reach, with 28 full-member associations and 8 collaborative partners in 36 countries. It highlights IPPFAR's focus areas which include integrated service delivery, youth-friendly comprehensive sexuality education, advocacy,  support for feminist movements and humanitarian aid. This factsheet is an excellent resource summarizing IPPFAR's work championing sexual and reproductive health and rights and empowering communities across Africa.  Please click on the picture below to view it, or scroll to the end of this page to download the document in PDF format.    

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| 27 February 2024

IPPF ARO Factsheet 2023

IPPF Africa Region is pleased to share its latest factsheet. This comprehensive document outlines IPPFAR's mission, values, and vision for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights across sub-Saharan Africa. The factsheet provides an overview of IPPFAR's extensive reach, with 28 full-member associations and 8 collaborative partners in 36 countries. It highlights IPPFAR's focus areas which include integrated service delivery, youth-friendly comprehensive sexuality education, advocacy,  support for feminist movements and humanitarian aid. This factsheet is an excellent resource summarizing IPPFAR's work championing sexual and reproductive health and rights and empowering communities across Africa.  Please click on the picture below to view it, or scroll to the end of this page to download the document in PDF format.    

Hear Our roar June 2023
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| 14 July 2023

IPPF Africa Region Quarterly Newsletter - April to June 2023

The Hear Our Roar is your go-to source for updates on the latest activities and accomplishments of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Region. Click on the image below to read the 🗓️ April-June 2023 Edition.  

Hear Our roar June 2023
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| 27 February 2024

IPPF Africa Region Quarterly Newsletter - April to June 2023

The Hear Our Roar is your go-to source for updates on the latest activities and accomplishments of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa Region. Click on the image below to read the 🗓️ April-June 2023 Edition.  

IPPF 2022 Annual performance report
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| 08 June 2023

2022 Annual Performance Report

IPPF delivered a total of 226.9 million sexual and reproductive health services, including 5 million safe abortion services, an increase of 11% from 2021. IPPF Member Associations served more vulnerable people in humanitarian settings than ever before: a total of 10 million in 2022. Across the globe, IPPF MAs are fighting back, challenging unjust laws and policies and spreading our powerful messages. We have won major victories. In Colombia, the Latin American Green Wave of abortion rights successes continued as the country’s highest court decriminalized abortion. Globally, IPPF achieved 150 advocacy wins in 2022 to support or defend sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality in policy or legislation, 24% more than in 2021. Read more by downloading the 2022 IPPF Annual Performance Report Below. 

IPPF 2022 Annual performance report
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| 27 February 2024

2022 Annual Performance Report

IPPF delivered a total of 226.9 million sexual and reproductive health services, including 5 million safe abortion services, an increase of 11% from 2021. IPPF Member Associations served more vulnerable people in humanitarian settings than ever before: a total of 10 million in 2022. Across the globe, IPPF MAs are fighting back, challenging unjust laws and policies and spreading our powerful messages. We have won major victories. In Colombia, the Latin American Green Wave of abortion rights successes continued as the country’s highest court decriminalized abortion. Globally, IPPF achieved 150 advocacy wins in 2022 to support or defend sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality in policy or legislation, 24% more than in 2021. Read more by downloading the 2022 IPPF Annual Performance Report Below.