Reproductive Health & Rights
Concerned with an exploding population in the Latin American and Caribbean region caused by inadequate access to reproductive health services, the Trustees of the WestWind Foundation decided to create a program that would support NGOs that work to provide services and improve access both in the region and in other parts of the globe. The program operates with the understanding of the international agreement made in Cairo in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), when the global community affirmed its commitment to address population growth by working to ensure individual rights and freedoms rather than demographic targets.
In lieu of these trends, the goals of the Reproductive Health and Rights Program are to support NGOs that seek to:
- Improve access to reproductive health services, particularly in the LAC region;
- Promote reproductive health and rights, both domestically and abroad; and
- Promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health, both domestically and in the LAC region.
WestWind gives priority to organizations that:
- Provide direct, on-the-ground services;
- Advocate for better access to reproductive health services; and
- Promote education and training and other proactive strategies to address reproductive health issues.
The foundation supports organizations that seek to advance a range of reproductive health issues, including, but not limited to: (1) supporting emergency contraception; (2) promoting adolescent sexuality education and empowerment; (3) preventing maternal mortality; and (4) providing post-abortion care.