Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, her Excellency Ulla Tørnæs, recently visited Gender Links in Johannesburg, to discuss the challenges of providing sexual and reproductive health and rights services to young people in the region.
South Africa faces many challenges tackling gender-based violence and providing sexual reproductive health and rights services to disadvantaged communities.
With the support of a Strategic grant, Gender Links promotes gender equality and justice across South Africa and the fifteen countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
The organisations’ approach includes empowering women to claim their voice, choice and control through advocacy at the local, national and regional level.
During her visit, Minister Tørnæs announced further support for the AmplifyChange grantee to extend its project on informing young women about SRHR in puberty.
Minister Tørnæs stated: “You have the right to decide what is right for your own body. The right to sexuality education is important. The right to choose when, with who and how many children you want is important. Access to good and safe health clinics is important. This is one of the main things I have decided to fight for as a Minister”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Danida) is a founding donor of AmplifyChange. Alongside a delegation from Danida, Minister Tørnæs was joined by members of the AmplifyChange team on her visit, including Matthew Wiltcher Director from MannionDaniels, and Beatrice Boakye-Yiadom, Grants Manager at the African Women’s Development Fund.