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| 28 June 2024

CATALYSTS - Shaping our role in catalyzing abortion care for all in Africa

BACKGROUND In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Roe v. Wade in June 2022, a group of Africa-focused abortion rights organizations (IPPF Africa Region, Ipas Africa Alliance, Centre for Reproductive Rights Africa, Population Council Kenya and FIGO) came together to discuss the ruling’s implications on the continent and consider the case for an ‘abortion consortium’ that might more effectively protect and promote abortion rights in Africa. Agreeing a consortium could fill a critical gap, the group convened a workshop in Nairobi with a wider network of partners to develop a Theory of Change and map a way forward. Dubbed CATALYSTS, the Consortium set an ambitious and unambiguously comprehensive vision as captured in the Theory of Change and narrative. In the phrase “abortion care for all in Africa”, partners enshrined the consortium’s vision of universal abortion rights and access to high-quality care on the continent.   This type of organic consortium on abortion has not yet been attempted. ·       We are African thought leaders, field builders and a vehicle for driving accountability. ·       We are a Consortium of the brave with a track record of never backtracking Our solution is powerful, impactful, and led by those doing the work. ·       We are building collective legitimacy by building an African critical mass that can effectively open doors, advocate more strongly and underpin bolder action.  ·       We are Africa-led: We are decolonizing and reframing the discourse around abortion rights in Africa by centering African perspectives, experiences and voices.     The 5Cs – OUR STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE ABORTION SPACE IN AFRICA  We aim to be a catalytic partner, working synergistically and reducing the duplication of efforts in our resource-shrinking arena. CATALYSTS aims to facilitate collaboration and weave connections amongst diverse stakeholders at multiple scales in East and Southern Africa. We will be innovative, fast acting, driving a positive movement and serving as a knowledge base and a networking space across the continent. Specifically, the CATALYST consortium aspires to play 5 pivotal roles:  Convening and connecting: A DEDICATED space that will serve as a hub for information, resources and discussions related to abortion rights. By providing various spaces and opportunities for interactions, networking and knowledge exchange, CATALYSTS will facilitate meaningful connections and collaborations amongst African actors in the abortion space.    Coordinating for Success:  CATALYSTS will enable abortion rights actors in each of the eastern and southern African target countries and subsequently across the region to unite their efforts, amplify their voices, and respond collectively to deliver a positive, unified, Africa-led and justice-focused movement. We believe that by coordinating our efforts, sharing resources, and promoting solidarity, CATALYSTS will strengthen the abortion rights movement and enhance our collective ability to protect and advance abortion rights.    Cultivating Technical Excellence: CATALYSTS will leverage collective expertise, resources, and knowledge to provide valuable support and technical assistance to organizations working in the abortion rights space. By consistently producing and disseminating valuable information, CATALYSTS positions itself as a trusted source of expertise that contributes to the overall growth and strengthening of the field.    Centralizing Research: We aim to be the go-to resource center for up-to-date research, next generation methods, best practices and knowledge related to abortion rights. To position ourselves as a pooling house for credible and valuable knowledge, CATALYSTS will collate and harbor cutting-edge research, engage in collaborative research projects with research centers, academic institutions and universities where needed, and curate and disseminate research outputs.   Cumulating catalytic capital: CATALYSTS recognizes the urgent need to advocate with funders to expand and unlock resources for abortion rights- and not just for the usual suspects. We want to help shape the donor landscape by pushing the boundaries on what is considered best practice in feminist philanthropy. We will also do this by bringing traditional and non-traditional donors together to fund in new ways that deliver impact for abortion care. We will do this by launching a donor taskforce.    Find out more about CATALYST and join us here.

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programme

| 28 June 2024

CATALYSTS - Shaping our role in catalyzing abortion care for all in Africa

BACKGROUND In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Roe v. Wade in June 2022, a group of Africa-focused abortion rights organizations (IPPF Africa Region, Ipas Africa Alliance, Centre for Reproductive Rights Africa, Population Council Kenya and FIGO) came together to discuss the ruling’s implications on the continent and consider the case for an ‘abortion consortium’ that might more effectively protect and promote abortion rights in Africa. Agreeing a consortium could fill a critical gap, the group convened a workshop in Nairobi with a wider network of partners to develop a Theory of Change and map a way forward. Dubbed CATALYSTS, the Consortium set an ambitious and unambiguously comprehensive vision as captured in the Theory of Change and narrative. In the phrase “abortion care for all in Africa”, partners enshrined the consortium’s vision of universal abortion rights and access to high-quality care on the continent.   This type of organic consortium on abortion has not yet been attempted. ·       We are African thought leaders, field builders and a vehicle for driving accountability. ·       We are a Consortium of the brave with a track record of never backtracking Our solution is powerful, impactful, and led by those doing the work. ·       We are building collective legitimacy by building an African critical mass that can effectively open doors, advocate more strongly and underpin bolder action.  ·       We are Africa-led: We are decolonizing and reframing the discourse around abortion rights in Africa by centering African perspectives, experiences and voices.     The 5Cs – OUR STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE ABORTION SPACE IN AFRICA  We aim to be a catalytic partner, working synergistically and reducing the duplication of efforts in our resource-shrinking arena. CATALYSTS aims to facilitate collaboration and weave connections amongst diverse stakeholders at multiple scales in East and Southern Africa. We will be innovative, fast acting, driving a positive movement and serving as a knowledge base and a networking space across the continent. Specifically, the CATALYST consortium aspires to play 5 pivotal roles:  Convening and connecting: A DEDICATED space that will serve as a hub for information, resources and discussions related to abortion rights. By providing various spaces and opportunities for interactions, networking and knowledge exchange, CATALYSTS will facilitate meaningful connections and collaborations amongst African actors in the abortion space.    Coordinating for Success:  CATALYSTS will enable abortion rights actors in each of the eastern and southern African target countries and subsequently across the region to unite their efforts, amplify their voices, and respond collectively to deliver a positive, unified, Africa-led and justice-focused movement. We believe that by coordinating our efforts, sharing resources, and promoting solidarity, CATALYSTS will strengthen the abortion rights movement and enhance our collective ability to protect and advance abortion rights.    Cultivating Technical Excellence: CATALYSTS will leverage collective expertise, resources, and knowledge to provide valuable support and technical assistance to organizations working in the abortion rights space. By consistently producing and disseminating valuable information, CATALYSTS positions itself as a trusted source of expertise that contributes to the overall growth and strengthening of the field.    Centralizing Research: We aim to be the go-to resource center for up-to-date research, next generation methods, best practices and knowledge related to abortion rights. To position ourselves as a pooling house for credible and valuable knowledge, CATALYSTS will collate and harbor cutting-edge research, engage in collaborative research projects with research centers, academic institutions and universities where needed, and curate and disseminate research outputs.   Cumulating catalytic capital: CATALYSTS recognizes the urgent need to advocate with funders to expand and unlock resources for abortion rights- and not just for the usual suspects. We want to help shape the donor landscape by pushing the boundaries on what is considered best practice in feminist philanthropy. We will also do this by bringing traditional and non-traditional donors together to fund in new ways that deliver impact for abortion care. We will do this by launching a donor taskforce.    Find out more about CATALYST and join us here.

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programme

| 16 March 2023

Feminist Opportunities Now: Empowering Feminist Organizations Around the World

Feminist Opportunities Now (FON) is a programme that aims to build capacity of feminist organisations via subgrants to enhance more diverse and resilience Civil Society Organisations when addressing and responding to gender-based violence, inequalities, discrimination and other human rights violations related to gender. International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR) is the FON consortium lead, with the other consortium partners being Médecins du Monde (MdM-FR), Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action Inc. (CREA), the International Federation on Human Rights (FIDH) and Empow’Her (EH). The programme is funded by the French Government via the French Development Agency (AFD). The action of the consortium's member organizations is based on feminist principles, a deep commitment to the promotion of human rights and the fight against inequalities and discrimination, especially against women and girls. They have a long experience of the themes of the programme mandates and complementary expertise that underpin the robustness of the holistic approach of the programme.   The Challenge  Gender inequalities on a global scale affect half of the world's population. Gender inequality is one of the main obstacles to human development. The FON Programme seeks to address such inequalities. Some of the challenges leading to these inequalities include: Lack of and/or effective implementation of comprehensive laws, policies, legal instruments to address gender inequalities worldwide, leading to increased gender inequalities. Lack of or limited implementation of the frameworks, which widens inequalities and aggravate the precariousness of women and girls- particularly people with disabilities, living with HIV, sex workers, and those of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)  COVID-19 that dramatically exacerbated social and economic challenges leading to an increase in gender-based violence (GBV).  Inadequate involvement of people with disabilities (15% of the world's population), LGBTI+, sex workers and people living with HIV-AIDS, in initiatives to promote and defend their rights, and the least associated in preventing and responding to this violence. Inadequate support to nascent or relatively new Civil Society Organizations many of which remain undeclared, and, despite their effervescence and dynamism, they continue to face challenges that restrict their ability to reduce GBV and protect and promote women's rights. Limited creation of an innovative and flexible financing system in order to strengthen the contribution of CSOs in the South, in all their diversity, to the reduction of GBV. Objectives of the Programme  To Improve the sustainability of feminist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at the organizational and technical levels by proposing an inclusive approach to capacity building.   To support the resilience and diversity of feminist CSOs through access to flexible sustainable financing mechanisms tailored to small and/or informal and/or marginalized CSOs. To strengthen a networked movement of feminist CSOs in the Global South, linking these CSOs and national, regional, and international networks, to make their voices heard on the public stage.     To promote innovation at all levels of the programme by the CSOs themselves and the consortium member organisations.   Targets of the Programme  Feminist CSOs working with and/or for the various structurally excluded groups. Activist organizations working with or led by people who may face particularly high discrimination. Gender inequalities and GBV, such as members of the LGBTI+ community and in general people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities and Gender Expressions (SOGIE). People living with disabilities. People with HIV/AIDS.  Sex workers.  Indirectly, targets of advocacy activities (regional bodies, national / local authorities, etc)   Approaches of the Programme  Feminist Opportunities Now (FON) aims to build capacity of feminist organisations via subgrants to enhance more diverse and resilient Civil Society Organisations when addressing and responding to gender-based violence, inequalities, discrimination, and other human rights violations related to gender. FON will set up Regional Coordination and Advisory Committees in each region (Africa, Asia and Latin America), whose role will be to help ensure inclusiveness and identify advocacy opportunities. The Sub-granting will be phased into three categories or funding windows below, and for which the first call for proposals is scheduled to be launched in April 2023: Window 1 / "Boost" The objective is for the feminist CSOs or young feminists to have the enhanced capacity to face external events (political instability, insecurity, etc.) and/or internal hurdles (organisational difficulties, necessary a project co-funding or additional programme component etc.). This window should also allow CSOs to apply for a grant in case of an upcoming opportunity such as in programming, advocacy, etc. Key words are therefore flexibility and opportunity. Window 2/ "Programmatic & Organizational Development" will support small and middle-size CSOs and young feminists that are trying to grow from an organisational, technical and programmatic point of view. The objective is to simultaneously fund a programme while reinforcing the capacities of the recipient organizations programme. Window 3 / "Synergies" will fund networks, movements and alliances to implement advocacy activities on GBV, and organizations that want to get involved in existing networks.  It will promote network and alliance building and promote visibility on national, regional and international platforms.   Location Justification  Equity is a pillar integrated in the FON implementation strategy. The programme will be implemented in 10 countries including six in Africa (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Kenya, and  potentially Niger), two in Latin America (Colombia and Mexico) and two in Asia (Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). FON put great consideration to determine the location of the implementation of the programme using below criteria: Countries where the needs of CSOs for support are strong and the potential for exchanges and collaborations is high. Existing normative and policy frameworks but little or no implementation and respect in national law. The needs of the populations are immense and in varying proportions from one country to another, also revealing a wide potential for learning and training. Contexts that exacerbate gender-based violence and increase the need for support for feminist CSOs. Potential for collaboration with other existing and/or new interventions.  To read more about the FON consortium partners' workshop, click here.  

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programme

| 16 March 2023

Feminist Opportunities Now: Empowering Feminist Organizations Around the World

Feminist Opportunities Now (FON) is a programme that aims to build capacity of feminist organisations via subgrants to enhance more diverse and resilience Civil Society Organisations when addressing and responding to gender-based violence, inequalities, discrimination and other human rights violations related to gender. International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR) is the FON consortium lead, with the other consortium partners being Médecins du Monde (MdM-FR), Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action Inc. (CREA), the International Federation on Human Rights (FIDH) and Empow’Her (EH). The programme is funded by the French Government via the French Development Agency (AFD). The action of the consortium's member organizations is based on feminist principles, a deep commitment to the promotion of human rights and the fight against inequalities and discrimination, especially against women and girls. They have a long experience of the themes of the programme mandates and complementary expertise that underpin the robustness of the holistic approach of the programme.   The Challenge  Gender inequalities on a global scale affect half of the world's population. Gender inequality is one of the main obstacles to human development. The FON Programme seeks to address such inequalities. Some of the challenges leading to these inequalities include: Lack of and/or effective implementation of comprehensive laws, policies, legal instruments to address gender inequalities worldwide, leading to increased gender inequalities. Lack of or limited implementation of the frameworks, which widens inequalities and aggravate the precariousness of women and girls- particularly people with disabilities, living with HIV, sex workers, and those of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)  COVID-19 that dramatically exacerbated social and economic challenges leading to an increase in gender-based violence (GBV).  Inadequate involvement of people with disabilities (15% of the world's population), LGBTI+, sex workers and people living with HIV-AIDS, in initiatives to promote and defend their rights, and the least associated in preventing and responding to this violence. Inadequate support to nascent or relatively new Civil Society Organizations many of which remain undeclared, and, despite their effervescence and dynamism, they continue to face challenges that restrict their ability to reduce GBV and protect and promote women's rights. Limited creation of an innovative and flexible financing system in order to strengthen the contribution of CSOs in the South, in all their diversity, to the reduction of GBV. Objectives of the Programme  To Improve the sustainability of feminist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at the organizational and technical levels by proposing an inclusive approach to capacity building.   To support the resilience and diversity of feminist CSOs through access to flexible sustainable financing mechanisms tailored to small and/or informal and/or marginalized CSOs. To strengthen a networked movement of feminist CSOs in the Global South, linking these CSOs and national, regional, and international networks, to make their voices heard on the public stage.     To promote innovation at all levels of the programme by the CSOs themselves and the consortium member organisations.   Targets of the Programme  Feminist CSOs working with and/or for the various structurally excluded groups. Activist organizations working with or led by people who may face particularly high discrimination. Gender inequalities and GBV, such as members of the LGBTI+ community and in general people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities and Gender Expressions (SOGIE). People living with disabilities. People with HIV/AIDS.  Sex workers.  Indirectly, targets of advocacy activities (regional bodies, national / local authorities, etc)   Approaches of the Programme  Feminist Opportunities Now (FON) aims to build capacity of feminist organisations via subgrants to enhance more diverse and resilient Civil Society Organisations when addressing and responding to gender-based violence, inequalities, discrimination, and other human rights violations related to gender. FON will set up Regional Coordination and Advisory Committees in each region (Africa, Asia and Latin America), whose role will be to help ensure inclusiveness and identify advocacy opportunities. The Sub-granting will be phased into three categories or funding windows below, and for which the first call for proposals is scheduled to be launched in April 2023: Window 1 / "Boost" The objective is for the feminist CSOs or young feminists to have the enhanced capacity to face external events (political instability, insecurity, etc.) and/or internal hurdles (organisational difficulties, necessary a project co-funding or additional programme component etc.). This window should also allow CSOs to apply for a grant in case of an upcoming opportunity such as in programming, advocacy, etc. Key words are therefore flexibility and opportunity. Window 2/ "Programmatic & Organizational Development" will support small and middle-size CSOs and young feminists that are trying to grow from an organisational, technical and programmatic point of view. The objective is to simultaneously fund a programme while reinforcing the capacities of the recipient organizations programme. Window 3 / "Synergies" will fund networks, movements and alliances to implement advocacy activities on GBV, and organizations that want to get involved in existing networks.  It will promote network and alliance building and promote visibility on national, regional and international platforms.   Location Justification  Equity is a pillar integrated in the FON implementation strategy. The programme will be implemented in 10 countries including six in Africa (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Kenya, and  potentially Niger), two in Latin America (Colombia and Mexico) and two in Asia (Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). FON put great consideration to determine the location of the implementation of the programme using below criteria: Countries where the needs of CSOs for support are strong and the potential for exchanges and collaborations is high. Existing normative and policy frameworks but little or no implementation and respect in national law. The needs of the populations are immense and in varying proportions from one country to another, also revealing a wide potential for learning and training. Contexts that exacerbate gender-based violence and increase the need for support for feminist CSOs. Potential for collaboration with other existing and/or new interventions.  To read more about the FON consortium partners' workshop, click here.  

IPPF_Tommy Trenchard
programme

| 31 January 2022

Strengthening coordination to increase Access for Adolescents and Youth to SRHR

The project aims to strengthen the coordination of interventions on adolescents and young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AY SRHR) information and services. Budget:  250,000 USD Donor: nThe David and Lucile Packard Foundation Timeline: 2 Years (January 2020 – April 2022) Project implementation areas: Africa Partners: AUC/ UNFPA/UNESCO/GIMAC Other interesting information: Through the project, youth and adolescents SHRH are mainstreamed in the key policy instrument of and processes of the African Union./ The Project coordinated the establishment of the cluster on life skills education and career guidance to respond to the changes in the provision of sexuality education on the continent. (Linking Education and SRHR).  Key achievements to date: Sexual Health Campaign / Mental Health Campaign - Co-lead the conversation on the reporting of the State of the World’s children 2021.  Advocacy2Action Capacity Building Training/ GIMAC Youth Advocacy Training Africa Girls Summit / Conducting conversations in key international moments - Egumeni sessions series with the AUC on different topics. Life Skills and Career Guidance Cluster: New members joined the Cluster / Development of the Continental Strategy for Education for Health and Well-being in Africa Innovative approaches: Profiling young people, advocates to lead on the key events within the AUC (Dubai Expo/ AU Summit) /Inclusive approaches of youth-led initiatives in advancing the Advocacy work on SRHR and Mental Health across the continent. Lessons learned: Enhancement of reciprocal communication among partners and cluster members/  Strategize the way forward, follow-up and evaluation of the project activities.

IPPF_Tommy Trenchard
programme

| 31 January 2022

Strengthening coordination to increase Access for Adolescents and Youth to SRHR

The project aims to strengthen the coordination of interventions on adolescents and young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AY SRHR) information and services. Budget:  250,000 USD Donor: nThe David and Lucile Packard Foundation Timeline: 2 Years (January 2020 – April 2022) Project implementation areas: Africa Partners: AUC/ UNFPA/UNESCO/GIMAC Other interesting information: Through the project, youth and adolescents SHRH are mainstreamed in the key policy instrument of and processes of the African Union./ The Project coordinated the establishment of the cluster on life skills education and career guidance to respond to the changes in the provision of sexuality education on the continent. (Linking Education and SRHR).  Key achievements to date: Sexual Health Campaign / Mental Health Campaign - Co-lead the conversation on the reporting of the State of the World’s children 2021.  Advocacy2Action Capacity Building Training/ GIMAC Youth Advocacy Training Africa Girls Summit / Conducting conversations in key international moments - Egumeni sessions series with the AUC on different topics. Life Skills and Career Guidance Cluster: New members joined the Cluster / Development of the Continental Strategy for Education for Health and Well-being in Africa Innovative approaches: Profiling young people, advocates to lead on the key events within the AUC (Dubai Expo/ AU Summit) /Inclusive approaches of youth-led initiatives in advancing the Advocacy work on SRHR and Mental Health across the continent. Lessons learned: Enhancement of reciprocal communication among partners and cluster members/  Strategize the way forward, follow-up and evaluation of the project activities.

Isabel Corthier_IPPF
programme

| 31 January 2022

Advancing International Legal, Policy and Financial Commitments to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

  The project aims to create a network of progressive Civil Society Organizations, women, youth-led organizations advocating for SRHR at the regional level and advance the re(commitment) of AU member states to the regional outcome documents/positions and policies. Budget:  160,000 USD Donor: RFSU Timeline: 2 Years ( 2020 – August 2022 ) Project implementation areas: All 55 AU member states, AUC, RECs Partners: AU, UNECA, Policy Makers and Diplomatic corps, GAAP partners Other interesting information: The project leverages on major regional processes including GIMAC, ACHPR, ARFSD and other major regional and international days to organize side events and influence outcome documents for a progressive commitment on SRHR Key achievements to date: Capacity building sessions for young people Side events on major processes and influence outcome documents Enhance partners knowledge and engagement on regional SRHR revolutions Increased IPPFAR visibility Policy briefs on Abortion, CSE, and non-discrimination Innovative approaches: Series of Webinars Leveraging on regional SRHR initiatives (EAC SRHR bill, EHW strategy) Challenge: sensitivity of the thematics for advocacy Lessons learned:  Leverage on collaborations with Partners Building on IPPF’s position at the GAAP partnership  

Isabel Corthier_IPPF
programme

| 31 January 2022

Advancing International Legal, Policy and Financial Commitments to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

  The project aims to create a network of progressive Civil Society Organizations, women, youth-led organizations advocating for SRHR at the regional level and advance the re(commitment) of AU member states to the regional outcome documents/positions and policies. Budget:  160,000 USD Donor: RFSU Timeline: 2 Years ( 2020 – August 2022 ) Project implementation areas: All 55 AU member states, AUC, RECs Partners: AU, UNECA, Policy Makers and Diplomatic corps, GAAP partners Other interesting information: The project leverages on major regional processes including GIMAC, ACHPR, ARFSD and other major regional and international days to organize side events and influence outcome documents for a progressive commitment on SRHR Key achievements to date: Capacity building sessions for young people Side events on major processes and influence outcome documents Enhance partners knowledge and engagement on regional SRHR revolutions Increased IPPFAR visibility Policy briefs on Abortion, CSE, and non-discrimination Innovative approaches: Series of Webinars Leveraging on regional SRHR initiatives (EAC SRHR bill, EHW strategy) Challenge: sensitivity of the thematics for advocacy Lessons learned:  Leverage on collaborations with Partners Building on IPPF’s position at the GAAP partnership  

Malawi_IPPF_Tommy Trenchard
programme

| 31 January 2022

Feminist Opportunities Now (FON)

The objective of the project is to build the capacity of women's movements, via sub-grants and organizational development support, especially for small organizations, often non-registered, to address and respond to gender-based violence. Budget:  14,000 000 EUR Donor: Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Timeline: 4 years (Start date – Q2 of 2022) Project implementation areas: Mexico and Columbia in Latin-America (led by MdM), Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Asia (led by CREA) and Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea the Ivory Cost, Kenya and Mali (led by IPPFARO Partners: IPPF ARO, Médecins du Monde(MdM), Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), FIDH (International Federation on Human Rights) & Empow’Her. Other interesting information: It is the first time IPPF has received direct funding from AFD, the first time we are partnering with these new consortium partners and delivering on a large global project. The project supporting CSOs in Kenya Youth Changers Kenya (YCK) is a community-based organization that was founded in 2015 to promote sexual reproductive health and rights and to address systemic issues of sexual violence among adolescent girls and young women from rural and peri- urban areas. YCK’s work with girls & young women strives to provide knowledge and skills necessary to pursue education, participate in policy spaces, delay pregnancy, make informed choices and build self-confidence. At the same time, YCK strategically engages with key gate keepers to build a strong collaboration aimed at developing a more equitable justice system for sexual violence against girls and women.YCK has five thematic areas of focus which include: advocacy, sexual reproductive health and rights, girls’ education, mental health, and sexual violence. While maintaining a national focus, YCK’s 2020 focus was honed in Kakamega,  Kiambu and Nairobi counties, owing to the increased rates of SRHR violations in both areas. Further information about their work can be found here: Youth Changers Kenya – Youth Changers Kenya (YCK) is a community-based organization that was founded in 2015 to promote sexual reproductive health and rights and to address systemic issues of sexual violence among adolescent girls and young women from rural and peri- urban areas Jinsiangu focuses its work on Intersex, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals. Jinsiangu seeks to ensure that the lives and wellbeing of ITGNC persons are enhanced through the establishment of safe spaces, through advocacy and research, through the provision of information, health services, and psycho-social support, and by fostering opportunities for holistic empowerment. It is probably the FON-supported organisation in Kenya that is the strongest in terms of advocacy. FON (through our partner FIDH – Federation international des droits de l’Homme), supported Jinsiangu to attend the AU advocacy training in Arusha Tanzania last month and FON has also nominated them for CSW68, next year, because their advocacy plans include participation in this event. Website: jinsiangu , Intersex, Transgender, Gender-Non-Conforming Kenya MaryFaith Children Center MFCC is a dedicated rescue center that has been unwavering in its commitment to providing essential support and care to sexually abused girls, many of whom have endured the trauma of incestuous relationships with relatives or close family friends. Website: Mary Faith Children Centre – Securing children from societal abuse Smart Ladies Youth Initiative SLYI is a community-based organization that uses sports and Art as a unique tool for mobilizing girls and young women to dialogue on their Sexual Reproductive Health challenges. This unique approach has created avenues of reaching the vulnerable age and has developed trust and confidence in discussing any challenges girls and young women face. No Website. Entashata Loita: Entashata Loita Community Based Organization (CBO) serves the Maasai pastoralist community in the arid and semi-arid lands of Loita Division in Kenya, sharing climate adaptation strategies and advocating for women and girls’ rights to education and abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Kiambu Sex Workers Alliance (KIASWA): Established in 2014, the Kiambu Sex Workers Association (KIASWA) was founded by female sex workers to provide sexual and reproductive health services to Trans sex workers and female sex workers, including those using drugs, primarily in Kiambu county slums. KIASWA aims to economically empower the sex worker community in Central Kenya through initiatives such as entrepreneurship skills training, short courses, and table banking. Although its positive impact in Kiambu County was evident within six months, the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS prompted the group to seek official recognition. As one of the pioneering organizations in Central Kenya, KIASWA focuses on promoting the rights of female sex workers, adolescent girls, young women, women who have sex with women, and women who use drugs (referred to as KIASWA key populations). With a strong reputation for influencing national and local policies related to HIV prevention, care, and treatment, human rights awareness, and economic empowerment, KIASWA actively advocates for marginalized groups, aiming to reduce stigma and discrimination. The organization's goal is to influence policy and improve access to high-quality healthcare, human rights education, legal assistance, and economic empowerment for important populations, including female sex workers, teenage girls, and young women. Members actively participate in economic empowerment, gender and human rights awareness, HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support, as well as advocacy. In addressing stigma and discrimination, KIASWA speaks up for marginalized groups and involves various stakeholders in advocacy and policy discussions. HOME - KIASWA (kiaswa-ke.org)  

Malawi_IPPF_Tommy Trenchard
programme

| 31 January 2022

Feminist Opportunities Now (FON)

The objective of the project is to build the capacity of women's movements, via sub-grants and organizational development support, especially for small organizations, often non-registered, to address and respond to gender-based violence. Budget:  14,000 000 EUR Donor: Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Timeline: 4 years (Start date – Q2 of 2022) Project implementation areas: Mexico and Columbia in Latin-America (led by MdM), Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Asia (led by CREA) and Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea the Ivory Cost, Kenya and Mali (led by IPPFARO Partners: IPPF ARO, Médecins du Monde(MdM), Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), FIDH (International Federation on Human Rights) & Empow’Her. Other interesting information: It is the first time IPPF has received direct funding from AFD, the first time we are partnering with these new consortium partners and delivering on a large global project. The project supporting CSOs in Kenya Youth Changers Kenya (YCK) is a community-based organization that was founded in 2015 to promote sexual reproductive health and rights and to address systemic issues of sexual violence among adolescent girls and young women from rural and peri- urban areas. YCK’s work with girls & young women strives to provide knowledge and skills necessary to pursue education, participate in policy spaces, delay pregnancy, make informed choices and build self-confidence. At the same time, YCK strategically engages with key gate keepers to build a strong collaboration aimed at developing a more equitable justice system for sexual violence against girls and women.YCK has five thematic areas of focus which include: advocacy, sexual reproductive health and rights, girls’ education, mental health, and sexual violence. While maintaining a national focus, YCK’s 2020 focus was honed in Kakamega,  Kiambu and Nairobi counties, owing to the increased rates of SRHR violations in both areas. Further information about their work can be found here: Youth Changers Kenya – Youth Changers Kenya (YCK) is a community-based organization that was founded in 2015 to promote sexual reproductive health and rights and to address systemic issues of sexual violence among adolescent girls and young women from rural and peri- urban areas Jinsiangu focuses its work on Intersex, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals. Jinsiangu seeks to ensure that the lives and wellbeing of ITGNC persons are enhanced through the establishment of safe spaces, through advocacy and research, through the provision of information, health services, and psycho-social support, and by fostering opportunities for holistic empowerment. It is probably the FON-supported organisation in Kenya that is the strongest in terms of advocacy. FON (through our partner FIDH – Federation international des droits de l’Homme), supported Jinsiangu to attend the AU advocacy training in Arusha Tanzania last month and FON has also nominated them for CSW68, next year, because their advocacy plans include participation in this event. Website: jinsiangu , Intersex, Transgender, Gender-Non-Conforming Kenya MaryFaith Children Center MFCC is a dedicated rescue center that has been unwavering in its commitment to providing essential support and care to sexually abused girls, many of whom have endured the trauma of incestuous relationships with relatives or close family friends. Website: Mary Faith Children Centre – Securing children from societal abuse Smart Ladies Youth Initiative SLYI is a community-based organization that uses sports and Art as a unique tool for mobilizing girls and young women to dialogue on their Sexual Reproductive Health challenges. This unique approach has created avenues of reaching the vulnerable age and has developed trust and confidence in discussing any challenges girls and young women face. No Website. Entashata Loita: Entashata Loita Community Based Organization (CBO) serves the Maasai pastoralist community in the arid and semi-arid lands of Loita Division in Kenya, sharing climate adaptation strategies and advocating for women and girls’ rights to education and abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Kiambu Sex Workers Alliance (KIASWA): Established in 2014, the Kiambu Sex Workers Association (KIASWA) was founded by female sex workers to provide sexual and reproductive health services to Trans sex workers and female sex workers, including those using drugs, primarily in Kiambu county slums. KIASWA aims to economically empower the sex worker community in Central Kenya through initiatives such as entrepreneurship skills training, short courses, and table banking. Although its positive impact in Kiambu County was evident within six months, the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS prompted the group to seek official recognition. As one of the pioneering organizations in Central Kenya, KIASWA focuses on promoting the rights of female sex workers, adolescent girls, young women, women who have sex with women, and women who use drugs (referred to as KIASWA key populations). With a strong reputation for influencing national and local policies related to HIV prevention, care, and treatment, human rights awareness, and economic empowerment, KIASWA actively advocates for marginalized groups, aiming to reduce stigma and discrimination. The organization's goal is to influence policy and improve access to high-quality healthcare, human rights education, legal assistance, and economic empowerment for important populations, including female sex workers, teenage girls, and young women. Members actively participate in economic empowerment, gender and human rights awareness, HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support, as well as advocacy. In addressing stigma and discrimination, KIASWA speaks up for marginalized groups and involves various stakeholders in advocacy and policy discussions. HOME - KIASWA (kiaswa-ke.org)  

Uganda_Rutgers_Esther Ruth Mbabazi
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| 31 January 2022

Building evidence, addressing the needs of SGBV survivors in Conakry Guinea

  The project aims to conduct research on sexual and GBV in Guinea to inform advocacy and communication campaign/ Respond to the needs of survivors through economic empowerment, psychological and clinical support. Budget:  100,000 USD Donor: Packard Foundation Timeline: 1 Year ( April 2021 - July 2022 ) Project implementation areas: Guinea Conakry Partners: Solidarite Suisse Guinee, Amnesty International Innovative approaches: Working with multisectoral partners to amplify our voice. Sexual violence is a major concern in Guinea

Uganda_Rutgers_Esther Ruth Mbabazi
programme

| 31 January 2022

Building evidence, addressing the needs of SGBV survivors in Conakry Guinea

  The project aims to conduct research on sexual and GBV in Guinea to inform advocacy and communication campaign/ Respond to the needs of survivors through economic empowerment, psychological and clinical support. Budget:  100,000 USD Donor: Packard Foundation Timeline: 1 Year ( April 2021 - July 2022 ) Project implementation areas: Guinea Conakry Partners: Solidarite Suisse Guinee, Amnesty International Innovative approaches: Working with multisectoral partners to amplify our voice. Sexual violence is a major concern in Guinea

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programme

| 28 June 2024

CATALYSTS - Shaping our role in catalyzing abortion care for all in Africa

BACKGROUND In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Roe v. Wade in June 2022, a group of Africa-focused abortion rights organizations (IPPF Africa Region, Ipas Africa Alliance, Centre for Reproductive Rights Africa, Population Council Kenya and FIGO) came together to discuss the ruling’s implications on the continent and consider the case for an ‘abortion consortium’ that might more effectively protect and promote abortion rights in Africa. Agreeing a consortium could fill a critical gap, the group convened a workshop in Nairobi with a wider network of partners to develop a Theory of Change and map a way forward. Dubbed CATALYSTS, the Consortium set an ambitious and unambiguously comprehensive vision as captured in the Theory of Change and narrative. In the phrase “abortion care for all in Africa”, partners enshrined the consortium’s vision of universal abortion rights and access to high-quality care on the continent.   This type of organic consortium on abortion has not yet been attempted. ·       We are African thought leaders, field builders and a vehicle for driving accountability. ·       We are a Consortium of the brave with a track record of never backtracking Our solution is powerful, impactful, and led by those doing the work. ·       We are building collective legitimacy by building an African critical mass that can effectively open doors, advocate more strongly and underpin bolder action.  ·       We are Africa-led: We are decolonizing and reframing the discourse around abortion rights in Africa by centering African perspectives, experiences and voices.     The 5Cs – OUR STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE ABORTION SPACE IN AFRICA  We aim to be a catalytic partner, working synergistically and reducing the duplication of efforts in our resource-shrinking arena. CATALYSTS aims to facilitate collaboration and weave connections amongst diverse stakeholders at multiple scales in East and Southern Africa. We will be innovative, fast acting, driving a positive movement and serving as a knowledge base and a networking space across the continent. Specifically, the CATALYST consortium aspires to play 5 pivotal roles:  Convening and connecting: A DEDICATED space that will serve as a hub for information, resources and discussions related to abortion rights. By providing various spaces and opportunities for interactions, networking and knowledge exchange, CATALYSTS will facilitate meaningful connections and collaborations amongst African actors in the abortion space.    Coordinating for Success:  CATALYSTS will enable abortion rights actors in each of the eastern and southern African target countries and subsequently across the region to unite their efforts, amplify their voices, and respond collectively to deliver a positive, unified, Africa-led and justice-focused movement. We believe that by coordinating our efforts, sharing resources, and promoting solidarity, CATALYSTS will strengthen the abortion rights movement and enhance our collective ability to protect and advance abortion rights.    Cultivating Technical Excellence: CATALYSTS will leverage collective expertise, resources, and knowledge to provide valuable support and technical assistance to organizations working in the abortion rights space. By consistently producing and disseminating valuable information, CATALYSTS positions itself as a trusted source of expertise that contributes to the overall growth and strengthening of the field.    Centralizing Research: We aim to be the go-to resource center for up-to-date research, next generation methods, best practices and knowledge related to abortion rights. To position ourselves as a pooling house for credible and valuable knowledge, CATALYSTS will collate and harbor cutting-edge research, engage in collaborative research projects with research centers, academic institutions and universities where needed, and curate and disseminate research outputs.   Cumulating catalytic capital: CATALYSTS recognizes the urgent need to advocate with funders to expand and unlock resources for abortion rights- and not just for the usual suspects. We want to help shape the donor landscape by pushing the boundaries on what is considered best practice in feminist philanthropy. We will also do this by bringing traditional and non-traditional donors together to fund in new ways that deliver impact for abortion care. We will do this by launching a donor taskforce.    Find out more about CATALYST and join us here.

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programme

| 28 June 2024

CATALYSTS - Shaping our role in catalyzing abortion care for all in Africa

BACKGROUND In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Roe v. Wade in June 2022, a group of Africa-focused abortion rights organizations (IPPF Africa Region, Ipas Africa Alliance, Centre for Reproductive Rights Africa, Population Council Kenya and FIGO) came together to discuss the ruling’s implications on the continent and consider the case for an ‘abortion consortium’ that might more effectively protect and promote abortion rights in Africa. Agreeing a consortium could fill a critical gap, the group convened a workshop in Nairobi with a wider network of partners to develop a Theory of Change and map a way forward. Dubbed CATALYSTS, the Consortium set an ambitious and unambiguously comprehensive vision as captured in the Theory of Change and narrative. In the phrase “abortion care for all in Africa”, partners enshrined the consortium’s vision of universal abortion rights and access to high-quality care on the continent.   This type of organic consortium on abortion has not yet been attempted. ·       We are African thought leaders, field builders and a vehicle for driving accountability. ·       We are a Consortium of the brave with a track record of never backtracking Our solution is powerful, impactful, and led by those doing the work. ·       We are building collective legitimacy by building an African critical mass that can effectively open doors, advocate more strongly and underpin bolder action.  ·       We are Africa-led: We are decolonizing and reframing the discourse around abortion rights in Africa by centering African perspectives, experiences and voices.     The 5Cs – OUR STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE ABORTION SPACE IN AFRICA  We aim to be a catalytic partner, working synergistically and reducing the duplication of efforts in our resource-shrinking arena. CATALYSTS aims to facilitate collaboration and weave connections amongst diverse stakeholders at multiple scales in East and Southern Africa. We will be innovative, fast acting, driving a positive movement and serving as a knowledge base and a networking space across the continent. Specifically, the CATALYST consortium aspires to play 5 pivotal roles:  Convening and connecting: A DEDICATED space that will serve as a hub for information, resources and discussions related to abortion rights. By providing various spaces and opportunities for interactions, networking and knowledge exchange, CATALYSTS will facilitate meaningful connections and collaborations amongst African actors in the abortion space.    Coordinating for Success:  CATALYSTS will enable abortion rights actors in each of the eastern and southern African target countries and subsequently across the region to unite their efforts, amplify their voices, and respond collectively to deliver a positive, unified, Africa-led and justice-focused movement. We believe that by coordinating our efforts, sharing resources, and promoting solidarity, CATALYSTS will strengthen the abortion rights movement and enhance our collective ability to protect and advance abortion rights.    Cultivating Technical Excellence: CATALYSTS will leverage collective expertise, resources, and knowledge to provide valuable support and technical assistance to organizations working in the abortion rights space. By consistently producing and disseminating valuable information, CATALYSTS positions itself as a trusted source of expertise that contributes to the overall growth and strengthening of the field.    Centralizing Research: We aim to be the go-to resource center for up-to-date research, next generation methods, best practices and knowledge related to abortion rights. To position ourselves as a pooling house for credible and valuable knowledge, CATALYSTS will collate and harbor cutting-edge research, engage in collaborative research projects with research centers, academic institutions and universities where needed, and curate and disseminate research outputs.   Cumulating catalytic capital: CATALYSTS recognizes the urgent need to advocate with funders to expand and unlock resources for abortion rights- and not just for the usual suspects. We want to help shape the donor landscape by pushing the boundaries on what is considered best practice in feminist philanthropy. We will also do this by bringing traditional and non-traditional donors together to fund in new ways that deliver impact for abortion care. We will do this by launching a donor taskforce.    Find out more about CATALYST and join us here.

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programme

| 16 March 2023

Feminist Opportunities Now: Empowering Feminist Organizations Around the World

Feminist Opportunities Now (FON) is a programme that aims to build capacity of feminist organisations via subgrants to enhance more diverse and resilience Civil Society Organisations when addressing and responding to gender-based violence, inequalities, discrimination and other human rights violations related to gender. International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR) is the FON consortium lead, with the other consortium partners being Médecins du Monde (MdM-FR), Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action Inc. (CREA), the International Federation on Human Rights (FIDH) and Empow’Her (EH). The programme is funded by the French Government via the French Development Agency (AFD). The action of the consortium's member organizations is based on feminist principles, a deep commitment to the promotion of human rights and the fight against inequalities and discrimination, especially against women and girls. They have a long experience of the themes of the programme mandates and complementary expertise that underpin the robustness of the holistic approach of the programme.   The Challenge  Gender inequalities on a global scale affect half of the world's population. Gender inequality is one of the main obstacles to human development. The FON Programme seeks to address such inequalities. Some of the challenges leading to these inequalities include: Lack of and/or effective implementation of comprehensive laws, policies, legal instruments to address gender inequalities worldwide, leading to increased gender inequalities. Lack of or limited implementation of the frameworks, which widens inequalities and aggravate the precariousness of women and girls- particularly people with disabilities, living with HIV, sex workers, and those of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)  COVID-19 that dramatically exacerbated social and economic challenges leading to an increase in gender-based violence (GBV).  Inadequate involvement of people with disabilities (15% of the world's population), LGBTI+, sex workers and people living with HIV-AIDS, in initiatives to promote and defend their rights, and the least associated in preventing and responding to this violence. Inadequate support to nascent or relatively new Civil Society Organizations many of which remain undeclared, and, despite their effervescence and dynamism, they continue to face challenges that restrict their ability to reduce GBV and protect and promote women's rights. Limited creation of an innovative and flexible financing system in order to strengthen the contribution of CSOs in the South, in all their diversity, to the reduction of GBV. Objectives of the Programme  To Improve the sustainability of feminist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at the organizational and technical levels by proposing an inclusive approach to capacity building.   To support the resilience and diversity of feminist CSOs through access to flexible sustainable financing mechanisms tailored to small and/or informal and/or marginalized CSOs. To strengthen a networked movement of feminist CSOs in the Global South, linking these CSOs and national, regional, and international networks, to make their voices heard on the public stage.     To promote innovation at all levels of the programme by the CSOs themselves and the consortium member organisations.   Targets of the Programme  Feminist CSOs working with and/or for the various structurally excluded groups. Activist organizations working with or led by people who may face particularly high discrimination. Gender inequalities and GBV, such as members of the LGBTI+ community and in general people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities and Gender Expressions (SOGIE). People living with disabilities. People with HIV/AIDS.  Sex workers.  Indirectly, targets of advocacy activities (regional bodies, national / local authorities, etc)   Approaches of the Programme  Feminist Opportunities Now (FON) aims to build capacity of feminist organisations via subgrants to enhance more diverse and resilient Civil Society Organisations when addressing and responding to gender-based violence, inequalities, discrimination, and other human rights violations related to gender. FON will set up Regional Coordination and Advisory Committees in each region (Africa, Asia and Latin America), whose role will be to help ensure inclusiveness and identify advocacy opportunities. The Sub-granting will be phased into three categories or funding windows below, and for which the first call for proposals is scheduled to be launched in April 2023: Window 1 / "Boost" The objective is for the feminist CSOs or young feminists to have the enhanced capacity to face external events (political instability, insecurity, etc.) and/or internal hurdles (organisational difficulties, necessary a project co-funding or additional programme component etc.). This window should also allow CSOs to apply for a grant in case of an upcoming opportunity such as in programming, advocacy, etc. Key words are therefore flexibility and opportunity. Window 2/ "Programmatic & Organizational Development" will support small and middle-size CSOs and young feminists that are trying to grow from an organisational, technical and programmatic point of view. The objective is to simultaneously fund a programme while reinforcing the capacities of the recipient organizations programme. Window 3 / "Synergies" will fund networks, movements and alliances to implement advocacy activities on GBV, and organizations that want to get involved in existing networks.  It will promote network and alliance building and promote visibility on national, regional and international platforms.   Location Justification  Equity is a pillar integrated in the FON implementation strategy. The programme will be implemented in 10 countries including six in Africa (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Kenya, and  potentially Niger), two in Latin America (Colombia and Mexico) and two in Asia (Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). FON put great consideration to determine the location of the implementation of the programme using below criteria: Countries where the needs of CSOs for support are strong and the potential for exchanges and collaborations is high. Existing normative and policy frameworks but little or no implementation and respect in national law. The needs of the populations are immense and in varying proportions from one country to another, also revealing a wide potential for learning and training. Contexts that exacerbate gender-based violence and increase the need for support for feminist CSOs. Potential for collaboration with other existing and/or new interventions.  To read more about the FON consortium partners' workshop, click here.  

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programme

| 16 March 2023

Feminist Opportunities Now: Empowering Feminist Organizations Around the World

Feminist Opportunities Now (FON) is a programme that aims to build capacity of feminist organisations via subgrants to enhance more diverse and resilience Civil Society Organisations when addressing and responding to gender-based violence, inequalities, discrimination and other human rights violations related to gender. International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR) is the FON consortium lead, with the other consortium partners being Médecins du Monde (MdM-FR), Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action Inc. (CREA), the International Federation on Human Rights (FIDH) and Empow’Her (EH). The programme is funded by the French Government via the French Development Agency (AFD). The action of the consortium's member organizations is based on feminist principles, a deep commitment to the promotion of human rights and the fight against inequalities and discrimination, especially against women and girls. They have a long experience of the themes of the programme mandates and complementary expertise that underpin the robustness of the holistic approach of the programme.   The Challenge  Gender inequalities on a global scale affect half of the world's population. Gender inequality is one of the main obstacles to human development. The FON Programme seeks to address such inequalities. Some of the challenges leading to these inequalities include: Lack of and/or effective implementation of comprehensive laws, policies, legal instruments to address gender inequalities worldwide, leading to increased gender inequalities. Lack of or limited implementation of the frameworks, which widens inequalities and aggravate the precariousness of women and girls- particularly people with disabilities, living with HIV, sex workers, and those of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)  COVID-19 that dramatically exacerbated social and economic challenges leading to an increase in gender-based violence (GBV).  Inadequate involvement of people with disabilities (15% of the world's population), LGBTI+, sex workers and people living with HIV-AIDS, in initiatives to promote and defend their rights, and the least associated in preventing and responding to this violence. Inadequate support to nascent or relatively new Civil Society Organizations many of which remain undeclared, and, despite their effervescence and dynamism, they continue to face challenges that restrict their ability to reduce GBV and protect and promote women's rights. Limited creation of an innovative and flexible financing system in order to strengthen the contribution of CSOs in the South, in all their diversity, to the reduction of GBV. Objectives of the Programme  To Improve the sustainability of feminist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at the organizational and technical levels by proposing an inclusive approach to capacity building.   To support the resilience and diversity of feminist CSOs through access to flexible sustainable financing mechanisms tailored to small and/or informal and/or marginalized CSOs. To strengthen a networked movement of feminist CSOs in the Global South, linking these CSOs and national, regional, and international networks, to make their voices heard on the public stage.     To promote innovation at all levels of the programme by the CSOs themselves and the consortium member organisations.   Targets of the Programme  Feminist CSOs working with and/or for the various structurally excluded groups. Activist organizations working with or led by people who may face particularly high discrimination. Gender inequalities and GBV, such as members of the LGBTI+ community and in general people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities and Gender Expressions (SOGIE). People living with disabilities. People with HIV/AIDS.  Sex workers.  Indirectly, targets of advocacy activities (regional bodies, national / local authorities, etc)   Approaches of the Programme  Feminist Opportunities Now (FON) aims to build capacity of feminist organisations via subgrants to enhance more diverse and resilient Civil Society Organisations when addressing and responding to gender-based violence, inequalities, discrimination, and other human rights violations related to gender. FON will set up Regional Coordination and Advisory Committees in each region (Africa, Asia and Latin America), whose role will be to help ensure inclusiveness and identify advocacy opportunities. The Sub-granting will be phased into three categories or funding windows below, and for which the first call for proposals is scheduled to be launched in April 2023: Window 1 / "Boost" The objective is for the feminist CSOs or young feminists to have the enhanced capacity to face external events (political instability, insecurity, etc.) and/or internal hurdles (organisational difficulties, necessary a project co-funding or additional programme component etc.). This window should also allow CSOs to apply for a grant in case of an upcoming opportunity such as in programming, advocacy, etc. Key words are therefore flexibility and opportunity. Window 2/ "Programmatic & Organizational Development" will support small and middle-size CSOs and young feminists that are trying to grow from an organisational, technical and programmatic point of view. The objective is to simultaneously fund a programme while reinforcing the capacities of the recipient organizations programme. Window 3 / "Synergies" will fund networks, movements and alliances to implement advocacy activities on GBV, and organizations that want to get involved in existing networks.  It will promote network and alliance building and promote visibility on national, regional and international platforms.   Location Justification  Equity is a pillar integrated in the FON implementation strategy. The programme will be implemented in 10 countries including six in Africa (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Kenya, and  potentially Niger), two in Latin America (Colombia and Mexico) and two in Asia (Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). FON put great consideration to determine the location of the implementation of the programme using below criteria: Countries where the needs of CSOs for support are strong and the potential for exchanges and collaborations is high. Existing normative and policy frameworks but little or no implementation and respect in national law. The needs of the populations are immense and in varying proportions from one country to another, also revealing a wide potential for learning and training. Contexts that exacerbate gender-based violence and increase the need for support for feminist CSOs. Potential for collaboration with other existing and/or new interventions.  To read more about the FON consortium partners' workshop, click here.  

IPPF_Tommy Trenchard
programme

| 31 January 2022

Strengthening coordination to increase Access for Adolescents and Youth to SRHR

The project aims to strengthen the coordination of interventions on adolescents and young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AY SRHR) information and services. Budget:  250,000 USD Donor: nThe David and Lucile Packard Foundation Timeline: 2 Years (January 2020 – April 2022) Project implementation areas: Africa Partners: AUC/ UNFPA/UNESCO/GIMAC Other interesting information: Through the project, youth and adolescents SHRH are mainstreamed in the key policy instrument of and processes of the African Union./ The Project coordinated the establishment of the cluster on life skills education and career guidance to respond to the changes in the provision of sexuality education on the continent. (Linking Education and SRHR).  Key achievements to date: Sexual Health Campaign / Mental Health Campaign - Co-lead the conversation on the reporting of the State of the World’s children 2021.  Advocacy2Action Capacity Building Training/ GIMAC Youth Advocacy Training Africa Girls Summit / Conducting conversations in key international moments - Egumeni sessions series with the AUC on different topics. Life Skills and Career Guidance Cluster: New members joined the Cluster / Development of the Continental Strategy for Education for Health and Well-being in Africa Innovative approaches: Profiling young people, advocates to lead on the key events within the AUC (Dubai Expo/ AU Summit) /Inclusive approaches of youth-led initiatives in advancing the Advocacy work on SRHR and Mental Health across the continent. Lessons learned: Enhancement of reciprocal communication among partners and cluster members/  Strategize the way forward, follow-up and evaluation of the project activities.

IPPF_Tommy Trenchard
programme

| 31 January 2022

Strengthening coordination to increase Access for Adolescents and Youth to SRHR

The project aims to strengthen the coordination of interventions on adolescents and young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AY SRHR) information and services. Budget:  250,000 USD Donor: nThe David and Lucile Packard Foundation Timeline: 2 Years (January 2020 – April 2022) Project implementation areas: Africa Partners: AUC/ UNFPA/UNESCO/GIMAC Other interesting information: Through the project, youth and adolescents SHRH are mainstreamed in the key policy instrument of and processes of the African Union./ The Project coordinated the establishment of the cluster on life skills education and career guidance to respond to the changes in the provision of sexuality education on the continent. (Linking Education and SRHR).  Key achievements to date: Sexual Health Campaign / Mental Health Campaign - Co-lead the conversation on the reporting of the State of the World’s children 2021.  Advocacy2Action Capacity Building Training/ GIMAC Youth Advocacy Training Africa Girls Summit / Conducting conversations in key international moments - Egumeni sessions series with the AUC on different topics. Life Skills and Career Guidance Cluster: New members joined the Cluster / Development of the Continental Strategy for Education for Health and Well-being in Africa Innovative approaches: Profiling young people, advocates to lead on the key events within the AUC (Dubai Expo/ AU Summit) /Inclusive approaches of youth-led initiatives in advancing the Advocacy work on SRHR and Mental Health across the continent. Lessons learned: Enhancement of reciprocal communication among partners and cluster members/  Strategize the way forward, follow-up and evaluation of the project activities.

Isabel Corthier_IPPF
programme

| 31 January 2022

Advancing International Legal, Policy and Financial Commitments to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

  The project aims to create a network of progressive Civil Society Organizations, women, youth-led organizations advocating for SRHR at the regional level and advance the re(commitment) of AU member states to the regional outcome documents/positions and policies. Budget:  160,000 USD Donor: RFSU Timeline: 2 Years ( 2020 – August 2022 ) Project implementation areas: All 55 AU member states, AUC, RECs Partners: AU, UNECA, Policy Makers and Diplomatic corps, GAAP partners Other interesting information: The project leverages on major regional processes including GIMAC, ACHPR, ARFSD and other major regional and international days to organize side events and influence outcome documents for a progressive commitment on SRHR Key achievements to date: Capacity building sessions for young people Side events on major processes and influence outcome documents Enhance partners knowledge and engagement on regional SRHR revolutions Increased IPPFAR visibility Policy briefs on Abortion, CSE, and non-discrimination Innovative approaches: Series of Webinars Leveraging on regional SRHR initiatives (EAC SRHR bill, EHW strategy) Challenge: sensitivity of the thematics for advocacy Lessons learned:  Leverage on collaborations with Partners Building on IPPF’s position at the GAAP partnership  

Isabel Corthier_IPPF
programme

| 31 January 2022

Advancing International Legal, Policy and Financial Commitments to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

  The project aims to create a network of progressive Civil Society Organizations, women, youth-led organizations advocating for SRHR at the regional level and advance the re(commitment) of AU member states to the regional outcome documents/positions and policies. Budget:  160,000 USD Donor: RFSU Timeline: 2 Years ( 2020 – August 2022 ) Project implementation areas: All 55 AU member states, AUC, RECs Partners: AU, UNECA, Policy Makers and Diplomatic corps, GAAP partners Other interesting information: The project leverages on major regional processes including GIMAC, ACHPR, ARFSD and other major regional and international days to organize side events and influence outcome documents for a progressive commitment on SRHR Key achievements to date: Capacity building sessions for young people Side events on major processes and influence outcome documents Enhance partners knowledge and engagement on regional SRHR revolutions Increased IPPFAR visibility Policy briefs on Abortion, CSE, and non-discrimination Innovative approaches: Series of Webinars Leveraging on regional SRHR initiatives (EAC SRHR bill, EHW strategy) Challenge: sensitivity of the thematics for advocacy Lessons learned:  Leverage on collaborations with Partners Building on IPPF’s position at the GAAP partnership  

Malawi_IPPF_Tommy Trenchard
programme

| 31 January 2022

Feminist Opportunities Now (FON)

The objective of the project is to build the capacity of women's movements, via sub-grants and organizational development support, especially for small organizations, often non-registered, to address and respond to gender-based violence. Budget:  14,000 000 EUR Donor: Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Timeline: 4 years (Start date – Q2 of 2022) Project implementation areas: Mexico and Columbia in Latin-America (led by MdM), Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Asia (led by CREA) and Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea the Ivory Cost, Kenya and Mali (led by IPPFARO Partners: IPPF ARO, Médecins du Monde(MdM), Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), FIDH (International Federation on Human Rights) & Empow’Her. Other interesting information: It is the first time IPPF has received direct funding from AFD, the first time we are partnering with these new consortium partners and delivering on a large global project. The project supporting CSOs in Kenya Youth Changers Kenya (YCK) is a community-based organization that was founded in 2015 to promote sexual reproductive health and rights and to address systemic issues of sexual violence among adolescent girls and young women from rural and peri- urban areas. YCK’s work with girls & young women strives to provide knowledge and skills necessary to pursue education, participate in policy spaces, delay pregnancy, make informed choices and build self-confidence. At the same time, YCK strategically engages with key gate keepers to build a strong collaboration aimed at developing a more equitable justice system for sexual violence against girls and women.YCK has five thematic areas of focus which include: advocacy, sexual reproductive health and rights, girls’ education, mental health, and sexual violence. While maintaining a national focus, YCK’s 2020 focus was honed in Kakamega,  Kiambu and Nairobi counties, owing to the increased rates of SRHR violations in both areas. Further information about their work can be found here: Youth Changers Kenya – Youth Changers Kenya (YCK) is a community-based organization that was founded in 2015 to promote sexual reproductive health and rights and to address systemic issues of sexual violence among adolescent girls and young women from rural and peri- urban areas Jinsiangu focuses its work on Intersex, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals. Jinsiangu seeks to ensure that the lives and wellbeing of ITGNC persons are enhanced through the establishment of safe spaces, through advocacy and research, through the provision of information, health services, and psycho-social support, and by fostering opportunities for holistic empowerment. It is probably the FON-supported organisation in Kenya that is the strongest in terms of advocacy. FON (through our partner FIDH – Federation international des droits de l’Homme), supported Jinsiangu to attend the AU advocacy training in Arusha Tanzania last month and FON has also nominated them for CSW68, next year, because their advocacy plans include participation in this event. Website: jinsiangu , Intersex, Transgender, Gender-Non-Conforming Kenya MaryFaith Children Center MFCC is a dedicated rescue center that has been unwavering in its commitment to providing essential support and care to sexually abused girls, many of whom have endured the trauma of incestuous relationships with relatives or close family friends. Website: Mary Faith Children Centre – Securing children from societal abuse Smart Ladies Youth Initiative SLYI is a community-based organization that uses sports and Art as a unique tool for mobilizing girls and young women to dialogue on their Sexual Reproductive Health challenges. This unique approach has created avenues of reaching the vulnerable age and has developed trust and confidence in discussing any challenges girls and young women face. No Website. Entashata Loita: Entashata Loita Community Based Organization (CBO) serves the Maasai pastoralist community in the arid and semi-arid lands of Loita Division in Kenya, sharing climate adaptation strategies and advocating for women and girls’ rights to education and abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Kiambu Sex Workers Alliance (KIASWA): Established in 2014, the Kiambu Sex Workers Association (KIASWA) was founded by female sex workers to provide sexual and reproductive health services to Trans sex workers and female sex workers, including those using drugs, primarily in Kiambu county slums. KIASWA aims to economically empower the sex worker community in Central Kenya through initiatives such as entrepreneurship skills training, short courses, and table banking. Although its positive impact in Kiambu County was evident within six months, the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS prompted the group to seek official recognition. As one of the pioneering organizations in Central Kenya, KIASWA focuses on promoting the rights of female sex workers, adolescent girls, young women, women who have sex with women, and women who use drugs (referred to as KIASWA key populations). With a strong reputation for influencing national and local policies related to HIV prevention, care, and treatment, human rights awareness, and economic empowerment, KIASWA actively advocates for marginalized groups, aiming to reduce stigma and discrimination. The organization's goal is to influence policy and improve access to high-quality healthcare, human rights education, legal assistance, and economic empowerment for important populations, including female sex workers, teenage girls, and young women. Members actively participate in economic empowerment, gender and human rights awareness, HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support, as well as advocacy. In addressing stigma and discrimination, KIASWA speaks up for marginalized groups and involves various stakeholders in advocacy and policy discussions. HOME - KIASWA (kiaswa-ke.org)  

Malawi_IPPF_Tommy Trenchard
programme

| 31 January 2022

Feminist Opportunities Now (FON)

The objective of the project is to build the capacity of women's movements, via sub-grants and organizational development support, especially for small organizations, often non-registered, to address and respond to gender-based violence. Budget:  14,000 000 EUR Donor: Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Timeline: 4 years (Start date – Q2 of 2022) Project implementation areas: Mexico and Columbia in Latin-America (led by MdM), Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Asia (led by CREA) and Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea the Ivory Cost, Kenya and Mali (led by IPPFARO Partners: IPPF ARO, Médecins du Monde(MdM), Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), FIDH (International Federation on Human Rights) & Empow’Her. Other interesting information: It is the first time IPPF has received direct funding from AFD, the first time we are partnering with these new consortium partners and delivering on a large global project. The project supporting CSOs in Kenya Youth Changers Kenya (YCK) is a community-based organization that was founded in 2015 to promote sexual reproductive health and rights and to address systemic issues of sexual violence among adolescent girls and young women from rural and peri- urban areas. YCK’s work with girls & young women strives to provide knowledge and skills necessary to pursue education, participate in policy spaces, delay pregnancy, make informed choices and build self-confidence. At the same time, YCK strategically engages with key gate keepers to build a strong collaboration aimed at developing a more equitable justice system for sexual violence against girls and women.YCK has five thematic areas of focus which include: advocacy, sexual reproductive health and rights, girls’ education, mental health, and sexual violence. While maintaining a national focus, YCK’s 2020 focus was honed in Kakamega,  Kiambu and Nairobi counties, owing to the increased rates of SRHR violations in both areas. Further information about their work can be found here: Youth Changers Kenya – Youth Changers Kenya (YCK) is a community-based organization that was founded in 2015 to promote sexual reproductive health and rights and to address systemic issues of sexual violence among adolescent girls and young women from rural and peri- urban areas Jinsiangu focuses its work on Intersex, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals. Jinsiangu seeks to ensure that the lives and wellbeing of ITGNC persons are enhanced through the establishment of safe spaces, through advocacy and research, through the provision of information, health services, and psycho-social support, and by fostering opportunities for holistic empowerment. It is probably the FON-supported organisation in Kenya that is the strongest in terms of advocacy. FON (through our partner FIDH – Federation international des droits de l’Homme), supported Jinsiangu to attend the AU advocacy training in Arusha Tanzania last month and FON has also nominated them for CSW68, next year, because their advocacy plans include participation in this event. Website: jinsiangu , Intersex, Transgender, Gender-Non-Conforming Kenya MaryFaith Children Center MFCC is a dedicated rescue center that has been unwavering in its commitment to providing essential support and care to sexually abused girls, many of whom have endured the trauma of incestuous relationships with relatives or close family friends. Website: Mary Faith Children Centre – Securing children from societal abuse Smart Ladies Youth Initiative SLYI is a community-based organization that uses sports and Art as a unique tool for mobilizing girls and young women to dialogue on their Sexual Reproductive Health challenges. This unique approach has created avenues of reaching the vulnerable age and has developed trust and confidence in discussing any challenges girls and young women face. No Website. Entashata Loita: Entashata Loita Community Based Organization (CBO) serves the Maasai pastoralist community in the arid and semi-arid lands of Loita Division in Kenya, sharing climate adaptation strategies and advocating for women and girls’ rights to education and abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Kiambu Sex Workers Alliance (KIASWA): Established in 2014, the Kiambu Sex Workers Association (KIASWA) was founded by female sex workers to provide sexual and reproductive health services to Trans sex workers and female sex workers, including those using drugs, primarily in Kiambu county slums. KIASWA aims to economically empower the sex worker community in Central Kenya through initiatives such as entrepreneurship skills training, short courses, and table banking. Although its positive impact in Kiambu County was evident within six months, the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS prompted the group to seek official recognition. As one of the pioneering organizations in Central Kenya, KIASWA focuses on promoting the rights of female sex workers, adolescent girls, young women, women who have sex with women, and women who use drugs (referred to as KIASWA key populations). With a strong reputation for influencing national and local policies related to HIV prevention, care, and treatment, human rights awareness, and economic empowerment, KIASWA actively advocates for marginalized groups, aiming to reduce stigma and discrimination. The organization's goal is to influence policy and improve access to high-quality healthcare, human rights education, legal assistance, and economic empowerment for important populations, including female sex workers, teenage girls, and young women. Members actively participate in economic empowerment, gender and human rights awareness, HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support, as well as advocacy. In addressing stigma and discrimination, KIASWA speaks up for marginalized groups and involves various stakeholders in advocacy and policy discussions. HOME - KIASWA (kiaswa-ke.org)  

Uganda_Rutgers_Esther Ruth Mbabazi
programme

| 31 January 2022

Building evidence, addressing the needs of SGBV survivors in Conakry Guinea

  The project aims to conduct research on sexual and GBV in Guinea to inform advocacy and communication campaign/ Respond to the needs of survivors through economic empowerment, psychological and clinical support. Budget:  100,000 USD Donor: Packard Foundation Timeline: 1 Year ( April 2021 - July 2022 ) Project implementation areas: Guinea Conakry Partners: Solidarite Suisse Guinee, Amnesty International Innovative approaches: Working with multisectoral partners to amplify our voice. Sexual violence is a major concern in Guinea

Uganda_Rutgers_Esther Ruth Mbabazi
programme

| 31 January 2022

Building evidence, addressing the needs of SGBV survivors in Conakry Guinea

  The project aims to conduct research on sexual and GBV in Guinea to inform advocacy and communication campaign/ Respond to the needs of survivors through economic empowerment, psychological and clinical support. Budget:  100,000 USD Donor: Packard Foundation Timeline: 1 Year ( April 2021 - July 2022 ) Project implementation areas: Guinea Conakry Partners: Solidarite Suisse Guinee, Amnesty International Innovative approaches: Working with multisectoral partners to amplify our voice. Sexual violence is a major concern in Guinea