APF (Family Planning Association) promotes health, choices and rights for equality of opportunities in Portugal since 1967. Its mission is to "Help people make free and responsible choices in their sexual and reproductive life". APF is a volunteer organization composed of individual and collective members. In 1998 APF was awarded the Public Merit order by the President of Portugal.
APF is a Member of IPPF – International Planned Parenthood Federation, the largest international agency in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. APF is also a member of EuroNGOs and Euronet FGM.
APF started working on FGM in 2000. The work was developed in three sections: advocating for women and children’s rights, sexual and reproductive health, and cooperation and development with the United Nations Fund for Population, other UN agencies, research institutes and European NGOs from several countries.