Who makes inroads?

Members

Community Workers. Healthcare Providers. Researchers. Advocates. Donors. Activists.

From over 55 countries and 230 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 Collaboration Workspace.

With every new event and stigma intervention, new members join and start making inroads on stigma in important and vibrant ways

Staff

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.

Kati LeTourneau
KATI LETOURNEAU
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.


KATIE GILLUM
inroads Executive Director

Katie Gillum works 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 make sure that vision and agenda is relevant to members and practically useful for ending the stigma and discrimination associated with abortion. When planning for activities and processes, Katie works with 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, 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 lead media and arts engagement initiatives producing advocacy films and content including an award-winning film addressing abortion stigma.


ADITI PINTO

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 FULTON

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.


Steering Committee

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.

Kinga Jelinska 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.

Jedidah Maina 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 program change.

SiobhÁn Clancy 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.

Bing Parcon 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.

Laura Hurley IPPF

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 and Pakistan.

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.

Madeline Blodgett 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 Ipas

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 system.


Network Host

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 the network.

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Funders

inroads is supported by the Packard Foundation, among other generous sources.

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