The importance of evidence on gender-based violence for deaf women and girls in Kenya

Turning evidence into advocacy to improve attitudes, policy and practice of service providers for deaf victims of gender-based violence (GBV).

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‘Food for the Soul’ – The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2017

Addressing gender-based violence is a core priority for AmplifyChange. We are currently funding over 200 civil society organisations (CSOs) across 46 low and middle-income countries to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG). The SVRI Forum 2017 was an invaluable opportunity for…

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Learning and evolving through grantee feedback

AmplifyChange launched its first funding call in February 2015 – only 2.5 years ago. Since then, our Board has endorsed over 510 grants in 58 countries. We take feedback from our grantees very seriously, and use it to inform the evolution and development of the fund.

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De l’importance de la société civile pour l’accroissement des engagements financiers pour la planification familiale

Les femmes d’Afrique de l’Ouest Francophone ont le plus fort taux de besoins non satisfaits en matière de planification familiale. De nouveaux mouvements s’engagent pour le changement et ont déjà un impact.

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Strategic grants: Now receiving expressions of interest

Strategic grants support organisations that work globally and regionally to advocate and help shape policy and strategy on the priority themes of AmplifyChange. We are now open for expressions of interest.

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AmplifyChange grantees nominated for 120 under 40

AmplifyChange is delighted to recognise our grantees nominated for 120 under 40, an awards project celebrating the new global generation of family planning leaders.

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: Strategies for Northern Development promote SRHR education in pastoral communities

AmplifyChange grantee Strategies for Northern Development (SND) works in Northern Kenya to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education in pastoral communities.

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Strategic grants round 2: Consultation webinars

We are launching round 2 of our Strategic grants at the end of June 2017. We would like to take the opportunity to consult with prospective applicants around the guidance for this funding call via webinar. Please follow the links to register.

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World Water Day: Menstrual health education project in Cameroon

Imagine you are 11 years old and ask to go to the toilet at school. When you get there, there are no wash basins, no taps or clean water, no toilet paper, and in some cases, just a hole in the ground. Now imagine that you have also just started your period.

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Video: AmplifyChange Graduators - how seed funding helps small organisations to grow

In this video we are proud to present the voices of four AmplifyChange Opportunity grantees who have successfully applied for our larger Strengthening grant.

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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…

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International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM: Young people driving the movement to end FGM in Nigeria

As activists, policy makers, civil society and key stakeholders celebrate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, the Youth Network against Female Genital Mutilation is calling on young people to lead the process.

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Grantees and thought-leaders come together to discuss global-level advocacy on Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting

On 2 December 2016, over 200 thought leaders – including activists, survivors, front-line professionals, civil society, and government – from across the United States and 20 other countries, came together in Washington DC to partake in the first US Civil Society Summit on FGM/C.

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“We must not stay as victims; we must move forward.” Meet Thandi, the last of our survivor series for #16Days

Thandi* is a survivor of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). She describes her journey of coming to terms with her past and her feeling of empowerment while among other survivors at a Tearfund support group in South Africa.

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"I am a survivor when I start making decisions” Meet Jean*, the 4th in our survivor series for #16Days

Jean* is in her 40s and is a refugee. Like many survivors of gender-based violence, Jean shares the fear of talking about her rape, “I can tell my mother everything, but not about when I was abused”. Jean fears that it is not possible or practical to seek help from her family and…

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“Now I am not shy to talk; I can talk everywhere.” Meet Clare* and Yvette*, the 3rd in our survivor series for #16Days

Clare*(38) and Yvette* (28) are refugees. They talk in tandem and interrupt each other as they describe their experiences and the feeling of freedom that their participation in the Tearfund support group has brought them.

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“Some victims who are children are scared to report it because they don’t know how... since they don’t know sign"

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities we share with you this video made by Kenya National Television featuring deaf survivors speaking out on gender-based violence. #DisabilityDay #IDPWD AmplifyChange thanks Strengthening grantees, Deaf Empowerment Society of…

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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…

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“I was not ashamed to tell details, it was as if I had power.” Meet Hope*, the 1st in our survivor series for #16Days

Hope* is almost 40 and busy with her PhD in Gender Studies. For a long time, she feared speaking out; 'I always said ‘I am fine’. 'This changes the moment someone accepts you,' she explains, on how welcome the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) survivor group made her feel; 'I…

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"A truly inspiring and moving trip" - Our Grants Portfolio Officer for GBV visits Network grantees Tearfund in South Africa

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, AmplifyChange is proud to share a blog by Suzanne Walker, Grants Portfolio Officer for Gender-Based Violence. "I have spent the past few days in South Africa meeting with partners and survivors involved in ‘A…

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À l'occasion de la Journée internationale pour l'élimination de la violence contre les femmes, lisez comment la radio est un

ONG RAES nous explique comment utiliser la radio pour la lutte contre la VBG et en faveur des DSSR.

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On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, read how radio is an effective SRHR advocacy tool

This blog has been written by Strengthening grantee, Réseau Africain pour l'Education, la Santé et la Citoyenneté (ONG RAES).

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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…

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Looking at the impact of child marriage on the province of Sindh, Pakistan

On International Day of the Girl, we look at the impact that child marriage is having on the province of Sindh, Pakistan This news piece was shared by Opportunity grantees, Sujag Sansar Organization. Child marriage is a wide-spread and enduring problem affecting many…

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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…

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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…

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Listening to our grantees on our 2nd anniversary

As we approached our 2nd anniversary with 301 grants approved, we asked grantees to give us feedback on how we have performed and what we can do to improve. We are guided by our principles to be accessible and responsive, so here is how we listened.

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Utilisation de la loi pour mettre fin à l'excision (MGF) au Burkina Faso

Equality Now, AmplifyChange et Voix de Femmes ont convoquées les avocats et les militants des droits humains au Burkina Faso en Juillet 2016, pour sélectionner un cas de MGF pour amener au tribunal en soulignant le problème des MGF au Burkina Faso.

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Opportunity grantee Sujag Sansar Organization wins award for work against child labour

We are delighted to report that Pakistan-based Opportunity grantee Sujag Sansar Organization has won a national award for its work against child labour from UNICEF and the National Commissioner on child labour.

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Wajood: My strength is my identity - a blog by Network grantee India HIV/AIDS Alliance

Mita, a transgender from Karnataka, was admitted in a local hospital in Raichur as she was suffering from appendicitis-related pain. However, she was denied treatment, because she was transgender and allegedly in sex work. Humiliated and horrified, she killed herself by taking sleeping…

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Update: video from Opportunity grantees Compassion CBO

We are delighted to share with you this new video, produced by Compassion CBO in Kenya. Led by Evanson Njeru, Compassion CBO conducts Anti-FGM Seminars, to educate children and teachers about the dangers and health hazards related to FGM, in Kenya.

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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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Strengthening SRHR in Mozambique

Meet our Network grantees, Rede de Defesa dos Direitos Sexuais e Reprodutivos (DSR), working to strengthen the capacity of NGOs working on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights across Mozambique.

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Advancing Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights for Kisumu County LGBTI youths and young sex workers

Meet Opportunity grantees, Men Against AIDS Youth Group (MAAYGO), a small youth-led organisation working in Kisumu County, Kenya.

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Converting Perpetrators of Child Marriages into Campaigners Against Child Marriages

Meet Opportunity grantees, Sujag Sansar, a small Civil Society Organisation based in Sindh province of Pakistan, working to prevent child marriage.

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UK Government is New Donor Partner to AmplifyChange

We are delighted to report that, as announced by the UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening last year, the UK Government is now a donor partner to AmplifyChange.

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The Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (COPUA), Malawi

On Human Rights Day 2015, we are delighted to introduce our Network grantees, the Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (COPUA), in Malawi. Ipas Malawi are working with COPUA to build their capacity to advocate and prepare for abortion law reform in Malawi.

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Alliance Droits & Santé - Advocating for Reproductive Health and Rights in Francophone West Africa

Alliance Droits & Santé is a network of Francophone West African CSOs advocating for reproductive health and rights in a region where women are often left behind by donors and policy makers.

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Empowering Transgender and Hijras to Access Sexual Health and Human Rights in India

Meet our Network grantees, Empowering Transgender and Hijras to access SRHR in India, managed by India HIV/AIDS Alliance in New Delhi.

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Network Against Gender-Based Violence, The Gambia

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we are delighted to introduce our Network grantees, the Network against Gender-Based Violence in The Gambia, supported by ActionAid The Gambia.

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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…

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HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark announces the launch of Opportunity grants at #Generation2030

One year on from launching our fund at UNGA 2014, we were honored to have Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, announce the launch of our Opportunity grants at the UNGA High-Level event #Generation2030: Torchbearers for the SDGs.

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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…

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Work With Us: Two New Job Vacancies

There are two job vacancies for positions working with the AmplifyChange core team in Bath, UK: Communications Intern and Grants Intern. PLEASE NOTE: THESE POSITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

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