AmplifyChange

AmplifyChange

We are a fund which aims to empower young people, men and women to realise their sexual and reproductive rights. Our vision is to help to secure universal recognition of sexual and reproductive health and rights as human rights, enabling women, men and young people to realise their full potential in safe and supportive environments.

At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • Foundation

Contact

Universal House
1-2 Queens Parade Place
Bath, BA1 2NN, UK

T : +44 (0)1225 436078
E : amplifychange@manniondaniels.com

Organization Mission

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

The ending to this sad story does not have to be that she was ashamed, alone and vulnerable to a repeat rape. Instead, she will go to the local health centre. She will be given prophylaxis to prevent HIV/AIDS, to treat any STIs, and she will be tested for an unintended pregnancy. If pregnant, she will be offered an abortion under the care of trained and sympathetic health providers.

This will be possible because abortion is legal in that country, health workers are trained and supportive, supplies are available, and such a centre is supported financially. AmplifyChange will support creating both a legal and social environment so that this story - faced by women and girls across time and continents - does not have to keep repeating itself.

AmplifyChange will also work with grassroots organisations on the ground who can advocate locally to change social norms – so that the young man who raped Priya never reached that stage, because he was part of a wider community that educated him about respecting women and their bodily integrity.

For Priya, Fatima, Mona or Grace, we could measure ‘success’ by seeing:

  • Whether abortion remains/ becomes legal in her country
  • Whether abortion and gender-based violence are prioritised in her country’s health sector strategy
  • Whether health workers are trained (at the start, and in-service) to provide abortion, and to detect/ counsel violence victims
  • Whether the civil-society organisation who worked on changing social norms of her rapist and others like him is sustainable (both strong technically, and financially viable)
  • Whether that CSO is linked with other CSOs in their country and region, learning and improving

Ultimately, we aim for her story not to be repeated.

Area of Focus

Ending Unsafe Abortion

The ability of women to access safe abortion is an important component and indicator of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and of the autonomy they have in realising other basic human rights. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “abortion laws and services should protect the health and human rights of all women, including adolescents. They should not create situations that lead women and adolescents to seek unsafe abortion…The Respect, protection, and fulfilment of human rights require that comprehensive regulations and policies be in place…to ensure that abortion is safe and accessible”. As a frequently neglected element of women’s health and rights, ending unsafe abortion is a priority issue for AmplifyChange. We want to see the decriminalisation of abortion and we support a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion.

Preventing and Responding to Gender Based Violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world today. It can be defined as “violence that occurs as a result of the normative role expectations associated with each gender, along with the unequal power relationships between the two genders, within the context of a specific society”.

Stigma and Discrimination

We support groups working to challenge stigma and discrimination experienced by individuals on the basis of gender identity, age, sexual orientation, or sexual and reproductive health status. There are many factors that give rise to the exclusion of those seen to be ‘different’, and those seen not to conform to dominant societal norms and behaviours. Being excluded from decision-making affects the lives of these individuals, often leading to isolation, marginalisation and violence.

Sexual Health of Young People

Young people are the fastest-growing population group on the planet and make up over fifty per cent of the population in some developing countries, yet their voices and concerns relating to sexual and reproductive health are often overlooked or purposefully neglected. Their experiences and priorities are often relegated by policy makers, community leaders and key service providers. But the choices and behaviours young people make - or that are made for them - are profoundly important in determining health outcomes and achieving poverty reduction for them across their lifespan and for subsequent generations.

Access for Marginalised and Vulnerable Groups

The right to sexual and reproductive health is a fundamental element of the right to health. The right to health includes access to acceptable and affordable health care and services of appropriate quality (WHO 2013). Marginalised and vulnerable groups – whether excluded because of inequality, poverty, gender, discrimination, displacement or proximity – have least access to the information, care and services needed to promote and protect their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

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