IPPF is a global healthcare provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all. Led by a courageous and determined group of women, IPPF was founded in 1952 at the Third International Planned Parenthood Conference. Today, we are a movement of over 100 autonomous with a presence in over 140 countries.
Our work is wide-ranging, including comprehensive sex education, provision of contraceptive, safe abortion, and maternal care and responding to humanitarian crisis. We pride ourselves on being local through our members and global through our network. At the heart of our mission is the provision of – and advocacy in support of – integrated healthcare to anyone who needs it regardless of race, gender, sex, income, and crucially no matter how remote. Volunteerism is central to our healthcare delivery. It underpins the vital work of our members and their teams, whether through community outreach and distribution of contraceptive care or the regional Youth Action Movements championing change.
About IPPF European Network
IPPF Member Associations are independent organisations championing the needs of their local populations, especially the most marginalised. They work with young people, ensuring they are fully literate in the skills they need to manage their health and to engage in safe and fulfilling intimate relationships. They provide and advocate for essential care such as contraception, maternal health care, HIV prevention, safe and legal abortion and support for survivors of rape and sexual violence.
IPPF EN cares for all women, men, children, and young people across Europe and recognises their right to lead safe and dignified reproductive lives, free from harm and discrimination.
Gender‑based power inequalities mean that many people face barriers deciding if, when and with whom to have sex, form relationships, or create a family. We advocate for a world in which love and sexuality are recognised both as natural and precious aspects of life, and as fundamental human rights. We strive for a world where misogyny and sexism have ceased to exist, and gender or sexuality are no longer a source of inequality or stigma. We will not retreat from safeguarding these fundamental choices and rights for current and future generations.
All people are free to make choices about their sexuality and well-being, in a world free of discrimination.
Building on a proud history of over 65 years of achievement, we commit to lead a locally owned, globally connected civil society movement that provides and enables services and champions sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, especially the under-served.
Our core values guide the way we undertake our work. We believe:
- in social inclusion with a demonstrated commitment to enable the rights of the most under-served to be realised;
- in diversity, respecting all regardless of their age, gender, status, identity, sexual orientation or expression;
- our passion and determination inspire others to have the courage to challenge and seek social justice for all;
- in the significant contribution our volunteerism delivers across a range of roles and as activists inspiring the Federation to advance its mission;
- in accountability as a cornerstone of trust which is demonstrated through high performance, ethical standards and transparency.
The IPPF Secretariat comprises of the Central Office in London, and six regional offices:
- Africa (Nairobi)
- Americas & Caribbean (Colombia and Trinidad & Tobago)
- Arab World (Tunis)
- East and South East Asia and Oceania (Kuala Lumpur)
- European Network (Brussels)
- South Asia (Bangkok hub and Delhi sub-office)
The Secretariat is responsible for strategy, income generation and distributing core funds to members, and collaborating with members on technical developments and sector advancements. It also carries out direct advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights to international and regional bodies.
Our leadership team and Board of Trustees oversee the work of IPPF to create a better world for everyone to exercise the right to make their own choices over their bodies.
Our leadership team and Board of Trustees oversee the work of IPPF to create a better world for everyone to live a free reproductive life and engage in safe, fulfilling intimate relationships.
Our committed and diverse leadership team and Board of Trustees oversee the work of IPPF to create a better world for everyone to exercise the right to make their own choices over their bodies. Our passionate and diverse leadership team and Board of Trustees oversee the work of IPPF to create a better world for everyone to live a free reproductive life and engage in safe, fulfilling intimate relationships.
The first world Conference on the Status of Women is convened in Mexico City to coincide with the UN International Women’s Year.
International Women’s Day is formalized as an annual event by the UN General Assembly.
First IVF baby born through the work of Professor Robert Edwards, a former editor at IPPF.
Half of married women (in 15 surveyed countries) want no more children, but only half are using contraceptives (World Fertility Survey).
The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is adopted by the UN General Assembly.
The People of IPPF
- Directors’ Leadership Team
- Board of Trustees
- Nominations & Governance Committee
- Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (C-FAR)
- Membership Committee (MC)
- Resource Allocation Technical Committee (RATC)
- Strategy, Investment and Policy Committee (C-SIP)
- IPPF EN Board
Our Member Associations
IPPF works in 142 countries to provide help, advice, services and supplies relating to any aspect of sexual and reproductive health. These services are delivered through an IPPF Member Association (MA).
MAs are IPPF accredited organizations within country. To find your local MA in Europe and Central Asia simply view the list below.
- European Network