Practice  area

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)

At MannionDaniels, improving sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is a core specialism. We follow the recent Guttmacher-Lancet definition of SRHR and at all times respect the dignity, rights, health and views of girls and women where reproductive choices are involved.

We run AmplifyChange, the multi-donor fund to support civil society advocacy on SRHR. Through this fund, we have links to a diverse and extensive network of grassroots organisations and movements, especially those who are self-led and who work on social norm change to tackle discrimination and harmful practices. Grassroots organisations bring local knowledge and more sustainable programming, and they have demonstrated resilience and tenacity in the face of recent opposition to SRHR. We also manage SRHR projects for other clients working across the breadth of the topic, including SRHR research.

We are committed to social justice, female empowerment, gender equality and inclusion. These issues underpin all our work on SRHR. We consider the underlying power relations prevalent in most societies and how they affect especially the most vulnerable, and those living in the most fragile states, from accessing their rights.

 

Topic areas covered:

  • Changing social norms and harmful practices on female genital mutilation/cutting and child and early forced marriage
  • Addressing gender-based violence, including sexual violence
  • Addressing the causes of unsafe abortion
  • Supporting the provision of comprehensive sexuality education and other youth-based SRHR resources
  • Challenging stigma, discrimination, attitudes and laws that undermine human rights, including on grounds of gender or sexual orientation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals
  • Supporting the provision of improved access to sexual and reproductive health services for all people – especially for youth and the most vulnerable, including people living with disabilities and those living in fragile states.

Case study: AmplifyChange

AmplifyChange is a multi-donor challenge fund supporting civil society organisations to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights.

MannionDaniels manages AmplifyChange in consortium with the Global Fund for Women and the African Women’s Development Fund. By August 2019 we had run 45 funding rounds and supported over 600 grants, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with a few in the Middle East and Latin America. Our consortium has teams in the UK, Ghana and the USA and a network of strategic advisors working in countries with grantees.

Every day people face discrimination and violence that affects their sexual and reproductive health and rights. This could be discrimination against their sexuality or violence through harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation/cutting.

We’re working to raise awareness of these issues, to end the stigma, and to allow people to make the choices that are right for them and to help individuals stay safe.

Project map

See where we’re currently working to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights