Serra Sippel

Center for Health and Gender Equity

Serra Sippel is President of the Center for Health and Gender
Equity (CHANGE).  Ms. Sippel leads the organization in the monitoring and
accountability of U.S.
international policies to ensure that U.S. international policies and
programs promote sexual and reproductive health and rights through effective,
evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment of critical reproductive
and sexual health concerns, and through increased funding for critical programs. Ms.
Sippel has more than fifteen years of experience in advocacy on women’s
rights issues. Prior to joining CHANGE, she was International Program
Director at Catholics for a Free Choice where she worked collaboratively with
women’s rights activists around the world to advance the sexual, reproductive
and other human rights of women. In addition, she has been
involved in the fight for women’s rights through her work with homeless
women with children in Texas and on behalf of
women prisoners in Indiana. Ms.
Sippel holds a master’s degree in religion with an emphasis on peace and
justice and is the author of numerous articles and publications on religion and
sexual and reproductive health and rights.  In 2005 she was a Soros
Reproductive Health and Rights Fellow.


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World Bank Reproductive Health Strategy

Serra Sippel

Bush Administration appointees have tried to impose ideology on World Bank policy—most recently through attempts to strip reproductive health language from the Health, Nutrition and Population Strategy.

An Overdue Conversation: Meeting the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth

Serra Sippel

Serra Sippel is the Deputy Director at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE).

Attention to the lives of orphans and vulnerable children has increased with celebrity adoptions of African children by Madonna and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and the opening of an elite school for girls in South Africa by Oprah Whinfrey. For decades children (defined as children under the age of 18) have been targets for acts of charity by celebrities, focusing on their special needs: food, education, vaccinations, and health care. But rarely addressed, if at all, are the very real sexual and reproductive health needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).

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