Ibis drives change through bold, rigorous research and principled partnerships that advance sexual and reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide.
We envision a world where high-quality sexual and reproductive health information and services are easy to access, affordable for all, and available without unnecessary medical requirements or legal impediments. In this world, policies are grounded in rigorous evidence and designed to improve the lives and health of all people, including women and young people. Our vision of success is an inclusive and just world where everyone has the power to exercise their human right to live a pleasurable, safe, and healthy sexual and reproductive life.
Justice and Equity—are guiding principles in our work and our organizational policies and practices. Justice is what we seek and equity is how we get there. “Justice” is the ability for every person to exercise their human right to a pleasurable, safe, and healthy sexual and reproductive life in order to reach our full potential and build the lives we want for ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. “Equity” means we consciously create and support structures and systems that allow each of us—and especially people most affected by systematic oppression—to make our rights reality. To make real progress toward justice and equity requires ensuring group identity does not determine opportunities or outcomes, dismantling systems of oppression, and building power.
We aspire to take on research that moves us closer to a just and equitable world, and to build a work environment where we honor and celebrate the contributions of each unique individual at Ibis. We will not achieve this goal without engaging partners and recruiting staff and Board members who bring lived experience of the communities who are most impacted.
|Inclusivity—we aim to conduct research that addresses the sexual and reproductive health needs of all people, and highlights the diverse perspectives and expertise they bring. Inclusivity requires a focus on “an authentic and empowered participation and a true sense of belonging.” We aspire to a work environment that fosters participation and a sense of belonging among all staff, regardless of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parenting status, geography, country of birth, immigration status, or formal education completed.|
|Rigor and Excellence—we strive to produce research of the highest quality that has a real impact on people’s lives, and aspire to hold ourselves accountable in our work and internal practices so that our human and financial resources are used to make progress toward a world where everyone has the power to exercise their human right to live a pleasurable, safe, and healthy sexual and reproductive life.|
|Collaboration and Shared Power—principled partnerships are critical to achieve our mission. We aim to ensure that our partnerships with other organizations and our work across our offices and teams recognizes the contributions and expertise that each organization and person brings to the work and that decision-making and allocation of resources are transparent and support equal participation.|
Integrity—we focus on critical sexual and reproductive health topics that other organizations cannot or will not address, and will not allow political pressure, funding, government support, or distance to deter us from projects that fit our mission.
|Autonomy—we believe that each person is an expert on their own life and health and that each person has the ultimate authority to make decisions about their reproductive health; we take on projects that support an individual’s ability to exercise their human and reproductive rights without interference or coercion.|