María Antonieta Alcalde is the Director of Advocacy of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) and Director of the IPPF UN Liaison Office. IPPF/WHR is a leader in the international movement to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care as a human right for all. In partnership with 41 Member Associations in the Americas and the Caribbean, we provide nearly 33 million services a year and work to secure and protect government policies that improve people’s lives.
She leads the development of advocacy strategies at the regional and international levels and supports the work of IPPF/WHR’s Member Associations in Latin America and the Caribbean. As Director of the IPPF UN Liaison Office she is responsible for the coordination of IPPF advocacy efforts at the UN NY Headquarters.
Ms. Alcalde has co-founded several organizations, including the Latin American Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the Youth Coalition. Previous to joining IPPF/WHR, Alcalde was the General Coordinator of Balance, Promotion for Development and Youth in Mexico City, where she designed and implemented workshops on gender, sexual and reproductive rights, advocacy, and youth leadership.