New UNFPA Book “Icons & Activists: 50 Years of People Making Change” Highlights Promundo Alongside Global Changemakers

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of UNFPA and the 25th of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, UNFPA launched a book to showcase the changemakers who have made substantial contributions to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and population and development more broadly. UNFPA describes the purpose of this book as giving some sense of how much has been achieved through the efforts of so many – and perhaps to offer inspiration for the future.

At Promundo, we’re honored that Gary Barker, President and CEO was featured for his decades of work to achieve gender equality and end gender-based violence by engaging men as true partners:

“We will not achieve gender equality if we don’t own our role in the process. As men, this means listening more. It means being aware of our power and privilege…and it means turning our good intentions into meaningful, thoughtful, and urgent action.”

The book highlights incredible global activists, including long-time Promundo partners:

  • Joni van de Sand and Laxman Belbase of MenEngage Alliance, for their commitment to broadening an understanding of the complexity of the power and privilege that patriarchy grants men and boys, as well as the norms that negatively affect people of all gender identities and expressions;
  • Peter Douglas Weller, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, who presides over the Caribbean Male Action Network or CariMAN, and rejects the notion that gender should just be considered a “woman thing”; and
  • Katja Iverson, Women Deliver President/CEO, who affirms, “We need a health system that is ready to deliver for women whenever a woman is ready to deliver.”

Promundo extends its gratitude to all of those mentioned in the book for their tireless work and dedication to creating a more equal, just, and healthy world:

People equal development:  Gita Sen, Joan Marie Dunlop, Adrienne Germain, Rachel Kyte, Dr. Lincoln Chen, Susan Berresford, José Barzelatto, Margaret Hempel, Susan Davis, Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla, Cheikh Mbacké, Julia Bunting, Jeff Jordan, Alexandre Kalache, Ted Turner, Kathy Calvin

Our right to health: Carmen Barroso, Patricia Rodney, Dr. Allan Rosenfield, Dr. Nadine Gasman, Rosemary Barber-Madden, Frances Kissling, Adjoa Amana, Dr. Peter Lamptey, Yolonda Richardson, Barbara Klugman, Sivananthi Thanenthiran, Ulrika Karlsson

Making motherhood safe: Munira Sha’ban, Deborah Maine, Grace Ebun Delano, Barbara Kwast, Christy Turlington, Edna Adan, Jill Sheffield, Katja Iversen, Margaret Mannah-Macarthy, Dr. Catherine Hamlin, Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Joy Marini

Everyone has the right to choose: Cecile Richards, Mechai Viravaidya, Dr. Fred Sai, Charlotte Ellertson, Melinda Gates, Margaret Sanger, Gregory Pincus, Katharine McCormick, Min Chueh Chang, Dr. John Rock, Dr. Oladapo A. Ladipo

Gender equality: nothing less: Marie-Angélique Savané, Fawzia Koofi, Bella Abzug, Peggy Antrobus, Lise-Marie Dejean, Gloria Steinem, Radhika Balakrishnan, Jocelyn Dow, Margot Wallström, Teresa C. Younger, Graça Machel, Thelma Awori, Amina Mama, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Audrey Mbugua, Joni van de Sand, Laxman Belbase, Peter Douglas Weller, Feride Acar, Margaret Atwood

An end to violence: Marijana Savic, Halima Yakoy Adam, Gary Barker, Enkhjargal Davaasuren, Susanne von Bassewitz

Young people transforming the world: Natasha Wang Chibesa Mwansa, Alejandra Teleguario Santizo, Nikoli Edwards, Tania Pariona Tarqui, Sheshkala Pandey, Nadine Al Haraki, Lebogang Motsumi, Dany Stolbunov, Dr. Nikolay Lunchenkov, Victoria Kanu

Human beings, human rights: Aminata Touré, Michelle Bachelet, Pregs Govender, Abia Akram, Stephanie Ortoleva, Ana Peláez Narváez, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Tsitsina Xavante, Nadežda Satarić, Marian Jacobs, Xiomara Corpeño, Fatma Alloo

The integrity of my body: Dr. Nahid Toubia, Bogaletch Gebre, Zeinabou Moussa, Laura J. Lederer, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, Christiane Amanpour, Jocelyn DeJong

Reproductive justice for all: Alma Odette Chacón, Byllye Yvonne Avery, Catherine Noone, Leila Hessini, Loretta J. Ross

UNFPA Goodwill Ambassadors: Reaching the World: Ashley Judd, Catarina Furtado, Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Queen Mother of Bhutan, Princess Basma Bint Tala

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