Marge Berer is the founding editor of
Reproductive Health Matters, now in its 20th year. She is the honorary chair of the Steering Committee of the International Consortium for Medical Abortion, and chaired it from 2002 to 2012. She was also the chair of Voice for Choice, the coalition of pro-choice organisations in the UK, from 2007 to 2009.
In May 2007 she received the Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award for Excellence in Writing and Editing in the Population Sciences. She was the first chairwoman of the Gender Advisory Panel, WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, from 1996 to 2001, and a member of the International Women’s Advisory Panel of the IPPF from 1993 to 1998.
She has been working in the UK and internationally since 1976 as an advocate for abortion rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She was involved in the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights and its precursors from 1978-1990. She has published a lot on maternal mortality over the years, starting in 1988, and edited and authored a book in 1991-1993 on women and HIV, sexual and reproductive health, that helped to place these issues on the global agenda.