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International Women’s Day 2017 | #BeBoldForChange


AmplifyChange Opportunity grantee Think Young Women, Gambia - Haddy Jonga

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is to #BeBoldForChange, to call on everyone to help forge a better and more gender-inclusive world.

To celebrate the campaign, AmplifyChange grantees have shown their support by sharing pictures and quotes for the ‘#BeBoldForChange’ photo story.

Pictured here is Haddy Jonga, Programme Officer for Opportunity grantee Think Young Women, The Gambia, with Fatima Gomez, one of 60 mentees under the Girl’s Mentorship Programme.

Haddy describes how she is mentoring young girls to be bold for change:

“By being a sister and helping create a safe space to discuss the challenges they face, especially as teenagers.

I believe they will be the change we seek in this world.”

You can find out how more grantees are being bold for change by visiting

Thank you to all AmplifyChange grantees who contributed photos and quotes.

Futures’ Freedom is a project run by AfriKids and supported by a UK Aid Direct Impact Grant to provide advocacy in the rural Upper East Regions of Northern Ghana, where there is a lack of knowledge surrounding SRHR and harmful practices, including child marriage.

The project targets adolescent girls and young women to educate them about their rights and aims to improve communities’ understanding of SRHR by changing attitudes and behaviours through community development work, talks and education.

AfriKids’ approach is to use tried and tested methods to engage all levels of the community in behaviour change. For example, men and women employed as fieldworkers work with beneficiaries in their own communities and health talks involve women and girls alongside men and boys.

Part of the work of this project is to signpost women and girls to healthcare facilities, such as ante-natal and post-natal care and to educate them on family planning.

Another method used by the project is to set up Adolescent Centres in health facilities where adolescents can speak to health care professionals for non-judgemental, confidential SRHR advice.

Child rights clubs have also been established within schools to educate children about the importance of how to respect, fulfil and value SRHR and what to do if their rights, or the rights of somebody they know, are violated. Discussions at the clubs focus around child marriage, sexual health, consent and teenage pregnancy.

The clubs have proved invaluable for more than 10,000 children, who are members through the AfriKids network, and have stopped many children from dropping out of school.

Gloria’s Story

Gloria, 15, is in her final year of Junior High School in the Talensi district. She is a member of her local Futures’ Freedom club and has ambitions to become a nurse.

Gloria has attended a number of talks on child marriage and preventing teenage pregnancy.

Many girls in Gloria’s school dropped out early due to the impracticality of raising babies alongside their studies. Gloria remarked how she believes that “their lives will not be good for them” as a result.

She described how the talks taught her that adolescents should wait until they are ready to start sexual relationships and this has inspired her to remain focused on her education in order to set a good example to her younger siblings.

Gloria will continue to be a part of the clubs until she finishes high school and thanked AfriKids for “continuing to help young people with their education”.


Gloria, a beneficiary of the AfriKids project and CeCe, a Future’s Freedom fieldworker.

Twitter: @afrikids


bangladesh mother

As part of the Mid-Term Review of the Bangladesh Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Programme (HPNSDP) 2011-2016, a National Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on SRHR was held in Dhaka on 26th August 2014.  This emphasised the importance of different aspects of Gender, Equity, Voice and Accountability (GEVA) that has been a cornerstone of the sector programme to date.  Speakers from a range of Civil Society organisations and Academic Institutions presented the latest data on topics such as the demographic transition, urban SRHR services, marginalised groups, Menstrual Regulation and Post Abortion Care services, the need for adolescent friendly services, sexuality education, and current concerns in the national response to HIV.  The workshop participants also worked on a set of recommendations to be considered by the Independent mid-term review team that includes MannionDaniels.  The final report of the mid-term review team was presented on 8th October 2014 to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  The workshop was supported by the Governments of Sweden and the Netherlands.

Deciding on policy is not usually a straightforward or linear process.  Many actors and stakeholders are involved in shaping, influencing and making policy.  Whilst furnishing evidence to make a case is necessary, it may not always be sufficient.  NGOs advocating to influence policy need to understand the various processes, people and stakeholders involved in order to effectively bring about desired change.  This demands informed and sustained engagement, and an in-depth knowledge of the context.  Good knowledge of the policy process is needed, as well as of the political realities that face decision-makers at all levels.

MannionDaniels completed a lesson learning assignment for Equipop, looking at the experience of how to leverage additional resources and attention for reproductive health with UNITAID.  Equipop was founded in 1993 prior to the Cairo conference (ICPD) and since then has become widely recognised for its advocacy work within France and in French-speaking Africa in the field of SRHR.  During a 5-year advocacy project funded by the Hewlett Foundation, Equipop sought to influence UNITAID, a relatively recent global health financing partnership, to explore the potential for inclusion of an increased focus on preventive methods.  In particular, Equipop focused on integrating the SRHR and HIV prevention method of the female condom.  Equipop was well placed to do this, with the French being one of the founding members and donors of UNITAID.

The lesson learning piece was led by MannionDaniels consultant John Worley , with support from and Catherine Ainsworth and Rolla Khadduri.  The MannionDaniels team conducted a review of key project documentation, relevant publications and personal interviews with key stakeholders in the field of sexual and reproductive health advocacy, including senior UNITAID and Equipop staff.  Some of the more general lessons it revealed about RH advocacy can be seen in the two-pager (available in both French and English), with the main points being:

  • Undertake stakeholder mapping to help identify key entry points to pursue advocacy activities.
  • Focus on building (proportionate) relationships with all potential key stakeholders.  Avoid having too much reliance on a single entry point / person.
  • Consider the advocate’s capacity to implement – including existing staff and resources, and systems to manage and monitor the project.
  • Establish clarity internally on advocacy aims, and implementer’s added value / unique position as an advocate.
  • Develop a theory of change at the project’s inception with a wide support base.
  • Identify key alliances to build networks/consortia in support of project advocacy aims to maximise prospects for impact.