In the early 1950s, a group of women and men started to campaign vociferously and visibly for women’s rights to control their own fertility.

Family planning as a human right challenged many social conventions. Campaigners faced great hostility to gain acceptance for things that we take for granted today. Some were imprisoned. But they emerged determined to work with different cultures, traditions, laws and religious attitudes to improve the lives of women around the world. And so, at the 3rd International Conference on Planned Parenthood in 1952, 8 national family planning associations founded the International Planned Parenthood Federation. IPPF.

65 years later, the charity is a Federation of 142 Member Associations working in 153 countries, with another 23 Partners working in 18 countries. In 2016, we delivered 182.5 million sexual and reproductive health services.

Funding and structure

The IPPF Secretariat comprises Central Office in London and six Regional Offices, working out of five locations:

  • Africa (Nairobi)
  • Arab World (Tunis)
  • East and South East Asia and Oceania (Bangkok)
  • European Network (Brussels)
  • South Asia (Bangkok)
  • Western Hemisphere (New York)

Each Regional Office oversees, promotes and distributes core funds to Member Associations in the Region.

Each Region sends 3 representatives to the biannual Governing Council which determines the Federation’s global policy, with an additional six external advisers elected by the Governing Council from a pool of experts in specific fields through a public nomination process.

Volunteerism is central to IPPF’s ethos and millions of volunteers work with the Federation around the world.


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 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.

Core values

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.

IPPF is fighting for a world where women everywhere can say “I decide”.



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