The International Planned Parenthood Federation - East, South East Asia and Oceania Region - (IPPF ESEAOR) announces the arrival of Tomoko Fukuda as its new Regional Director beginning 1st of June 2019.
Ms. Fukuda is the first IPPF Regional Director from Japan. With her joining ESEAOR, she brings to IPPF her extensive network experience including past stints as General Secretary of the Japan CSO Network on Global Health; Local Coordinator of the G20 Gender Working Group; Steering Committee Member of the Asia Pacific Alliance (APA) on SRHR; and as an Advisory Group Member of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for Universal Health Coverage - UHC2030.
Ms. Fukuda was the Advocacy Manager of the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) up until May 2019. After joining the organization in 1995, initially she was in charge of development assistance projects in countries such as Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Timor-Leste. Globally, she focused on technical transfer on health promotion and behavior change communication related to sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR). During her role as Advocacy Manager, she was a part of global advocacy efforts on UHC, as well as advocacy for SRHR surrounding the G7 and G20.
Ms. Fukuda said, “In a rapidly changing society, the role sought by Member Associations is changing. We want to support each Member Association to provide appropriate, timely and affordable information and services and contribute to the achievement of UHC. As IPPF, we will vigorously raise the voice for the realization of sexual reproductive rights for all people.”
Tomoko Fukuda was born in Tokyo, Japan. She spent her childhood years in the Philippines together with her parents. She graduated from International Christian University, College of Liberal Arts.
IPPF is a global service provider and a leading advocate of SRHR for all. We are a worldwide movement of national organizations working with and for communities and individuals in more than 170 countries.
IPPF works towards a world where women, men, and young people everywhere are free to make choices about their sexuality and well-being without discrimination – free to decide when to have children, free to pursue healthy sexual lives, and to live without the fear of having unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. A world where gender or sexuality are no longer a source of inequality or stigma.
IPPF ESEAOR is supporting 22 Member Associations and three (3) Collaborating Partners in a total of twenty-five countries.