PRESS RELEASE | Online Abortion Service Women on Web Welcomes New Executive Director
For immediate release, 25/05/2021
Women on Web, a Canada-based international telemedical abortion service is excited to announce the appointment of Venny Ala-Siurua as its new Executive Director. She previously held the role of Manager of Operations in the organization.
After 15 successful years, Dr Rebecca Gomperts will step down as the Executive Director and become Research Director, continuing to steer the organization's innovative research efforts.
“To have the opportunity to work with such a strong and charismatic leader as Rebecca Gomperts has been a great privilege and opportunity. No one exceeds her in creativity and devotion. I know her commitment to the Foundation remains undiminished and now, with the leadership of our wonderful new Executive Director, Venny Ala-Siurua, Rebecca will be able to commit herself more to helping envision our next 15 years and beyond.” Richard Owens, Chair of the board of Women on Web International Foundation.
Venny brings to the role over a decade of leadership in health and social protection projects, with international experience in nonprofit management and organizational change.
Venny’s hiring comes at an exciting juncture for the organization as we re-imagine our future role in the post-pandemic landscape of abortion access, enabling the preference for self-managed medical abortions and advocating for abortion services that correspond to the rights, needs, and autonomy of pregnant people. Under Venny’s leadership, digital rights will carve out a prominent space in our work as part of the organization's growth and evolution.
"We will continue working towards a future where at-home abortions are a part of modern and inclusive healthcare. Self-managed abortions should not only be endorsed during a time of crisis, and they should not be considered as the last resort that individuals turn to after all other options have been exhausted." Venny Ala-Siurua, Executive Director of Women on Web International Foundation
You can read the full interview with Venny on our website.
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