Written by Katie Northcott, AmplifyChange
Content of this guide was drawn from International Planned Parenthood Federation’s How to Talk about Abortion: A Guide to Rights-Based Messaging. For the video that accompanies this guide, you can watch it here.
Other sources that supported the development of this guide were:
Freshwater Action Network, Advocacy Communications: A Handbook for ANEW Members
FENTON Communications, 9 Laws of Successful Advocacy Communication
Women Help Women, Speaking about self-managed abortion with pill: A practical guide
International Planned Parenthood Federation, Youth messaging checklist: Dos and don’ts in information, education and communication materials
International Planned Parenthood Federation, How to report on abortion – A guide for journalists, editors and media outlets
YouAct, Speak my Language: A Toolkit Developed by and for Young People
Rise Up, Guide to Girl-Centred Advocacy: Communications and Storytelling
Hesperian Health Guides, Health Actions for Women – Building a Women’s Health Movement: Creating a Communications Strategy
Ipas, Abortion stigma ends here: A toolkit for understanding and action
Images of Empowerment (positive stock photos from around the world)
Center for Reproductive Rights have a series of Briefing Papers on the language of UN rights bodies’ documents and how they can promote reproductive rights:
Breaking Ground 2018: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights
Bringing Rights to Bear: The Human Right to Information on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Bringing Rights to Bear: Female Genital Mutilation and Other Harmful Practices
Bringing Rights to Bear: Abortion and Human Rights
Bringing Rights to Bear: Freedom from Violence is a Human Right
Bringing Rights to Bear: Family Planning is a Human Right
Bringing Rights to Bear: Preventing Maternal Mortality and Ensuring Safe Pregnancy
Bringing Rights to Bear: Rights Within Marriage and the Family
Bringing Rights to Bear: Human Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS and Other Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)
Katie is a Technical Performance Manager at AmplifyChange. At her previous work at Population Institute, she conducted analysis for a wide-scale report on demographic vulnerability, as well as managed the organisation’s social media channels.
As a Community Health Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, she implemented youth sexual health programs and supported maternal health and family planning outreach services. She worked with non-profit organisations in the U.S. advocating for women’s rights in the fields of abortion access, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS.
Katie’s experience at these organisations included social media management, street campaigning, and crafting messaging for publications, as well as the development of advocacy and media toolkits. Katie has a MSc in Population and Development from London School of Economics and a BA in Economics, African Studies, and French from Northwestern University.