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Fòs Feminista

International Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice.

aka Fòs Feminista   |   New York, NY   |  https://fosfeminista.org

Mission

Mission Our mission is to protect and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, girls, and gender-diverse people around the world, with a focus on reaching the most marginalized with sexual and reproductive health services and sexuality education, wherever they are. We advocate for gender equality and reproductive rights locally and globally.

Ruling year info

1957

Chief Executive Officer

Giselle Carino

Main address

125 Maiden Lane 9th Floor

New York, NY 10038 USA

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EIN

13-1845455

NTEE code info

Family Planning Centers (E42)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

International Human Rights (Q70)

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Our programs

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Our mission is to protect and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, girls, an

Fòs Feminista is an international alliance centered around the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, girls, and gender-diverse people. We partner with 220 organizations and activists in more than 40 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South Asia. Across the globe, we engage in healthcare, education, and advocacy to advance our priorities. This includes providing sexual and reproductive health services and implementing community-based strategies that make sexual and reproductive healthcare more accessible to the most marginalized women and girls. We also engage young people with comprehensive sexuality education and provide care to survivors of gender-based violence. We stand alongside our partners in the streets, in the courts, and in other advocacy spaces as an unapologetically feminist voice, resisting injustice and advocating for gender equality and reproductive rights locally and globally.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Caribbean descent

Engage women and youth leaders as advocates for change

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Caribbean descent

Enable young people to access comprehensive sexuality education and realize their sexual rights

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Caribbean descent

Engage champions, opinion formers, and the media to promote health, choice, and rights

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Caribbean descent

Deliver rights-based services including safe abortion and HIV

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Caribbean descent

Enable services through public and private health providers

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Caribbean descent

Enhance operational effectiveness and double national and global income

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Caribbean descent

Grow our volunteer and activist supporter base

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Caribbean descent

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) has proven to be vital to young people’s education in Guyana. Evidence has shown that the abstinence-only approach to CSE is ineffective in reducing the rate of teen pregnancy, the incidence of sexually transmitted infections, and even gender-based violence, among others. Over the years, the approach to sexuality education has evolved, and the level of interaction has increased among people receiving information on sexuality education since it caters to people who are thinking about becoming sexually active, as well as those who might practice unsafe sex due to a lack of information.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Caribbean descent

Gender-based violence (GBV) remains an all too pervasive reality for women and girls in the region, regardless of religion, cultural context, or socioeconomic status. While the roots of such violence are vast and complicated, the impacts are equally immense and wide reaching. In particular, GBV is linked to sexual and reproductive health. Although it is difficult to draw a direct, causal relationship between the two, the issues are closely woven together to form an important backdrop for the lives of women and girls in the region.

Experiencing violence can set in motion a pattern of poor reproductive health that is hard to undo. Worldwide, studies show that women who report abuse by an intimate partner are also more likely to report poor general health, including reproductive health. Women experiencing violence are also more likely to report depression. In Latin America in particular, with only a handful of exceptions, national-level studies show that women experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner are also more likely to have unwanted or unintended pregnancies. Women experiencing abuse also report higher incidents of miscarriage and induced abortion.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Engage Volunteers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As part of the new Strategic Framework launched in 2016, we will now be tracking the number of volunteers connected with our federation.

Number of organizational partners

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of Latin American descent, People of Southeast Asian descent, People of South Asian descent, People of East Asian descent, People of African descent

Related Program

Perform as an Accountable Federation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our local partners are autonomous, local organizations that ensure the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive rights for all, including universal access to high-quality health services and education.

Number of services provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Deliver Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our local partners provide access to a wide range of services including contraception, breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV treatment, and safe abortion.

Number of country-level policy changes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Our mission is to protect and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, girls, an

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our federation works with governments on all levels to promote sexual and reproductive rights in policy, regulations, and protocols.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Fos Feminista's new Strategic Framework launched in 2016. IPPF/WHR was closely involved in the drafting process and continues to work with our local partners to adapt the Framework to their local strategic plans. The Strategic Framework orients the work of every IPPF staff member, volunteer, and supporter around four intermediate outcome goals to be globally achieved by 2022:
1. 100 Governments respect, protect, and fulfill sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality
2. 1 billion people act freely on their sexual and reproductive health and rights
3. 2 billion quality integrated sexual and reproductive health services delivered
4. A high performing, accountable and united federation

The Strategic Framework includes eight strategies to guide IPPF's activities in reaching the four global goals:
1. Galvanize commitment and secure legislative, policy and practice improvements
2. Engage women and youth leaders as advocates for change
3. Enable young people to access comprehensive sexuality education and realize their sexual rights
4. Engage champions and the media to promote health, choice, and rights
5. Deliver rights-based services including for safe abortion & HIV
6. Enable services through public and private health providers
7. Enhance operational effectiveness and double national and global income
8. Grow our volunteer and activist supporter base

IPPF/WHR pioneered family planning services in Latin America and the Caribbean more than 60 years ago. Today, we remain committed to the simple concept that basic human rights include the right to decide if and when to have children. IPPF/WHR connects our 50 local partners, in 40 countries, to the global movement for sexual and reproductive rights and ensures their long-term sustainability by providing technical assistance in areas such as program planning, organizational development, and fundraising. We provide financial and technical support to our local partners, and advocate for increased investment for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region. Together, we build strong institutions and healthy communities throughout the region that are well-situated to achieve our Strategic Framework goals.

While our latest Strategic Framework has just launched, our returns on our 2010-2015 Framework were significant and included:
1. Over 30 million sexual and reproductive health services delivered across the Americas.
2. 31 policy changes in favor of sexual and reproductive health and rights in countries in Latin America and Caribbean.
3. 97% of local partners have mechanisms in place for ensuring clients' sexual rights are respected.
4. 218 positive media mentions of IPPF/WHR every year.
5. 97% of local partners use evidence from monitoring and evaluation activities (such as service statistics) to inform decision-making at both program and policy levels.

Financials

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Fòs Feminista

Board of directors
as of 09/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Pamela Barnes

Pamela Barnes

Vice President of Board

Jacques Max Maura

Treasurer

Sophie Arseneault

Director

Jabar Singh

Director

Kobe Smith

Director

Maria Consuelo Mejia

Director

Lusungu Kalanga

Director

Rewan Youssif

Director

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/2/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability