HISTORY

The Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA) is Denmark’s largest non-governmental organisation in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). For six decades, we have fought for SRHR and gender equality in Denmark and globally.

The Danish Association of Female Doctors, the Danish Medical Association and the Danish Pharmaceutical Association founded the DFPA in 1956 on the initiative of female doctor Agnete Bræstrup, who in turn was elected president.

The purpose of the association was to disseminate information about access to contraception and sex guidance in order to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions. 

Over the years, some of the Association's most important issues have been access to legal abortions and the introduction of compulsory sexuality education in primary and lower secondary schools in Denmark.

Today, the DFPA has extended its field of activity and is engaged in health and rights issues concerning sexuality, pregnancy and birth – also known as sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

In the beginning, the activities of the DFPA were only based in Denmark, but since 1994, we have carried out development projects in a vast number of countries. From the very outset, the DFPA has been a member of the world's leading family planning federation, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).