Julia Henderson

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"Julia Henderson, an associate commissioner at the UN, joined the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in 1971 as secretary-general. During the years of her leadership (1971–1978), IPPF’s membership grew from 72 nations to 94, and the federation gained complete freedom in the allocation of its funds, contributed by 25 governments. After her retirement, she continued to study international population issues for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. In 1991, Ms. Henderson, at age 75, won the United Nations Population Award. Addressing a symposium on World Population Day, July 11, 1991, she stressed the link between family planning and health and environmental problems. She also noted that better education for girls and improving the status of women in developing countries are essential in reducing birthrates and raising living standards. Ms. Henderson said that family planning “is a matter of human rights and sound child welfare policy.”" [1]

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  1. Julia Henderson, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, accessed November 25, 2011.
  2. Margaret Sanger Award, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, accessed November 25, 2011.