We are excited to announce that CHANGE (Center for Health and Gender Equity) along with the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) will be joining forces with the International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region (IPPFWHR)* to advance an innovative model for international action and solidarity on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
CHANGE started in 1994, at the time of the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, where the United States joined more than 170 countries in a consensus to advance access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. We were founded in response to the call by global feminists to American activists to hold the U.S. government accountable to its policies and decisions that affect the health and rights of women and girls around the world. Since then, CHANGE has been at the forefront of the advocacy movement to secure and protect sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, driving public conversation, and shaping U.S. global health and foreign policy.
Joining IPPFWHR will mean that CHANGE’s robust advocacy work to hold the U.S. government accountable to SRHR commitments will be led by an ecosystem of more than 150 feminist and women’s rights organizations worldwide, elevating the voices and priorities of those most impacted by U.S. policy decisions made in Washington, D.C.
The consolidation of CHANGE and IWHC into IPPFWHR will unite the strengths and resources of all the groups combining service delivery, policy advocacy, research, and grant-making under global South leadership to create a new feminist alliance critically needed to dismantle neo-colonialism and racism and ensure that all women, girls and gender diverse people have their rights maintained, protected, and expanded.
Some CHANGE staff, including Serra, will join the new, expanded IPPFWHR to lead global advocacy in several spaces and will continue our mission and connect U.S. and global strategies to advance SRHR for all.
We are excited about this new opportunity. For more information about today’s announcement please see IPPFWHR’s statement.
We hope that you will continue to support us through this transition and in the next phase of our work at IPPFWHR. Together, we will increase our impact for social change and SRHR for all.
Serra Sippel, President, CHANGE and Deborah Arrindell, Board Chair, CHANGE