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Video: how to stop SGBV of deaf women and girls in Kenya

According to AmplifyChange grantee Deaf Empowerment Society of Kenya (DESK), 15-20% of women in Kenya with a disability experience SGBV and deaf women and girls are especially vulnerable to attacks. Watch a video from DESK to learn more about the best point of potential intervention and how to stop SGBV of deaf women and girls.

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"The support group gives me a mind that says ‘I can do this'”. Meet Sindisiwe*, the 2nd in our survivor series for #16Days

Sindisiwe* is 27, HIV positive and a mother of two. “The first thing that made me speak? My daughter was raped when she was two years of age by her uncle. The community said that we should keep this within the family, a secret.” Talking about these events with the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) survivor group has brought healing to Sindisiwe.

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Advocacy Accelerator: Connecting advocates for change

At AmplifyChange we are happy to provide our grantees with access to opportunities that build capacity in advocacy and organisational strengthening. With this in mind, we are delighted to announce a new partnership with Advocacy Accelerator. This partnership offers an exciting opportunity for AmplifyChange grantees to achieve a stronger and more sustainable movement for change.

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The importance of global-level advocacy

As the first anniversary of the Global Goals has just passed, it is a good time to reflect on the importance of global-level advocacy. Particularly for sexual and reproductive health and rights, this remains an ongoing concern. We introduced Strategic grants to support international organisations to advocate and contribute to policy and strategy development around the priorities of AmplifyChange primarily at a global level, and link those to regional and country concerns.

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Increased access to contraception brings economic improvements to rural villages in Kenya

This blog has been written by Opportunity grantees Dandelion Africa. In Kenya it is normal for a 26-year-old young woman to be a mother of seven. In Kenya it is also normal for a 17-year-old girl to have three children. So why is this? We explore how women in rural Kenya are enjoying economic improvements in their lives as a result of Dandelion Africa’s contraception and SRHR advice and support.

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We are exhibiting at Women Deliver

AmplifyChange will be attending the Women Deliver 2016 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 16 to 19 May. During the conference we will be co-hosting and hosting two side events. In addition we will have a booth at the conference, for attendees to find out more about our fund and meet our team.

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The Devil is in The Detail.

We must measure what really matters for women and their sexual and reproductive health and rights. No, they do not sound very exciting. But make no mistake, ‘indicators’ are absolutely critical to achieving sustainable change. For if it’s not measured – in terms of the new Global development goals – it doesn’t count.

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The Global Goals and sexual and reproductive health and rights – missing targets?

The new Global Goals for sustainable development set out a bold and exciting agenda for transformation. They are underpinned by targets that focus on specific change. These include important targets related to, if not explicitly supporting, sexual and reproductive health and rights; but some might maintain that these particular targets do not go far enough. Read the full article by our Fund Director, John Worley

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What is a Concept Note?

Interested in applying for a Network grant in February 2015 but want to know more about the process? Here is some guidance on what we are looking for from a Network grant concept note.

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The Story of AmplifyChange

Her name could be Priya, Fatima, Susan, Mona or Grace. She was barely 15. Her family had to escape fighting in their village. They settled in the urban slums. One of her chores was to fetch water every day. One day, as she walked to the well at day-break, she was raped.

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