Who makes inroads?
Community Workers. Healthcare Providers. Researchers. Advocates. Donors. People who need abortions. Journalists. Activists.
From over 95 countries and 800 organizations, inroads members are attending meetings, sharing their work in inroads member spotlights,
implementing inroads Partnership Fund-supported
projects , discussing and collaborating on the inroads
With every new event and stigma intervention, new members join and start making inroads on stigma in important
and vibrant ways
The network staff convene the network activities and support members to make inroads on abortion stigma. Working
from North Carolina, the staff travel globally and collaborate remotely to engage with inroads’ diverse
and dispersed membership.
inroads Research and Operations Director
Kati LeTourneau manages the day-to-day operations of inroads, including membership, the inroads Collaboration Workspace and listerv, travel support and technical assistance processes, and the various budget and grant management processes inside of inroads’ host organization, Ipas. She also manages the inroads Partnership Fund, and gets great joy from supporting members around the world to try innovative stigma-busting projects. Kati is responsible for the research and evaluation components of inroads, which includes both evaluating the impact of the different network activities (have you ever completed a survey after a gathering or a webinar? She synthesizes these responses and uses your input to plan for future activities), and sifting through the research about what works to reduce stigma as it emerges. Kati also coordinates the inroads Global Steering Committee.
Prior to inroads, Kati provided training and technical assistance to abortion-providing clinics for Planned Parenthood when medical abortion was being rolled out across the United States. She has also worked on evaluation and training for research and program delivery on adolescent and reproductive health.
inroads Executive Director
Katie Gillum sets the vision and agenda for this vibrant global network. She relies and focuses on
the needs and expertise of network members and the Steering Committee to ensure the network vision and
agenda is relevant to members and practically useful for ending the stigma and discrimination
associated with abortion. When planning activities and processes, Katie works with the team to remain
grounded in the purpose of this network and making sure our processes are aligned with the network
values. She is responsible for strategic program management and providing key oversight and design
strategy for inroads systems, programs, processes and tools. Katie leads inroads external partnerships,
including donor relationships and inroads’ presence at conferences and events, and authors opinions and editorials for publications. Katie sits on the inroads Steering
Committee as a non-voting member and also supervises the inroads Communications Strategy and the two
lovely inroads Program and Communications Specialists.
She came to the role after serving as Campaign Co-Convenor for the Abortion Rights Campaign in Ireland. Katie ran research and strategy at Mule
Design Studio; was Managing Director of Disposable Film Festival; and has led media and arts
engagement initiatives producing advocacy films and content including an award-winning film
addressing abortion stigma.
Aditi is one half of the inroads Program and Communications duo. She is energetic and committed about
written and oral storytelling, agricultural and environmental histories, social justice and feminist
movements, traditional knowledge sharing especially arts & music exchange. She grew up in Mumbai,
India, but in the last decade has spent several years living in North & South America and currently
lives in rural India. She has experience working with La Via Campesina rural social movement and
Jagori-Grameen feminist organization. For any communication in Spanish, Hindi, basic isiXhosa and any
language with similar roots to those mentioned, feel free to reach out to Aditi.
Paige is the other half of the Program and Communications duo at inroads. Originally from the southern
United States, she has been a collective member, fundraiser, and facilitator for the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, Virginia's only full-spectrum abortion
fund that supports leadership of color. Paige approaches busting abortion stigma from a reproductive justice framework, valuing intersectionality, racial justice,
grassroots organizing, creativity, self-determination, and reproductive health for all genders. Reach
out to Paige if you want to talk about your art, your dreams of collective liberation, and your
strategies for ending abortion stigma in your community. She is currently based in Mexico City and is
happy to interact in Spanish as well.
Inroads’ multidisciplinary, multi-lingual Steering Committee advises the network mission and activities.
Selected through an open application process, these advocates and practitioners bring invaluable perspectives
on abortion stigma mitigation and research from a variety of local, regional, and global contexts.
Women Help Women
Kinga Jelinska is the Executive Director of international activist non-profit Women Help Women. She
works on programs about abortion pills and community empowerment with aim to de-stigmatize self-managed
abortions and community models of provision of information and services.
Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH)
Jedidah Maina is the Deputy Director at Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH), a non-profit
trust organization in Kenya. She works with grassroots women creating safe spaces for frank
conversations about sex and sexuality, and using our collected experiences to influence policy and
Abortion Rights Campaign
Siobhán Clancy is an active founding member of the national, all volunteer grassroots Abortion
Rights Campaign in Ireland. In her professional practice, she works as a visual artist collaborating
with groups on multimedia and live works relevant to health, disability, education and social justice
particularly concerning young people and women in Ireland.
Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights
Bing Parcon is Programme Officer at the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights responsible
for membership and networking, campaigning and advocacy activities on sexual and reproductive health
and rights in the Asia Pacific region. She also coordinates the Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy
Network (PINSAN), network of human rights advocates openly works on the issue of unsafe abortion for
the first time in Philippine history.
Technical Adviser for Youth Services at the Central Office of the International Planned Parenthood
Federation (IPPF). She contributes to a programme addressing abortion stigma as it affects young
people’s access to services, working with IPPF Member Associations in Benin, Burkina Faso, India
María Luisa Sánchez-Fuentes
Femisana Women’s Clinic
María Luisa Sánchez-Fuentes is the Deputy Director at Femisana Women’s Clinic and
focuses on second and third trimester needs, quality of care, and sexual and reproductive health
services and counseling. She was also a founding steering committee member of CLACAI and is active
across the Latin American regional context to decriminalize and expand access to abortion.
Sea Change Program
Madeline Blodgett is the Capacity Building Director at the Sea Change Program, working to transform the
culture of reproductive stigma. They partner with community advocates, organizations, and researchers
to identify, test, and evaluate creative stigma interventions and strategies for culture change.
Kristen Shellenberg is a research scientist at Ipas who collaborates with colleagues and partners all
around the world to further our understanding and measurement of abortion stigma; design, implement,
and evaluate stigma reduction efforts at multiple levels of society; and generally works to ensure that
women get the abortion experience they want, need and deserve – in or out of the formal health
Ipas is the founding host organization of the network, providing support to
the network operations through financial, development, human resources, communications, and staffing support to