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The inroads Partnership Fund 2015-2016 grantees

Posted 30 April 2015 12:00 AM by inroads

We are thrilled to publicly announce the recipients of the inroads Partnership Fund. The fund is designed to further the collective learning agenda for abortion stigma supporting local organizations to:

    • Generate evidence about the various causes, consequences and manifestations of abortion stigma across one or more of the levels of abortion stigma illustrated in the learning agenda; and/or
    • Pilot innovative strategies for defining, reducing and mitigating stigma that operates in one or more of the levels of abortion stigma.

The 2015-2016 inroads Partnership Fund grantees hail from around the world: Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, Nepal, Vietnam, Kenya, Rwanda, and Botswana.

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The 2015-2016 Inroads Partnership Fund Awardees

The Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOWFA) is committed to promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights among young people, adults, and families in Botswana. BOWFA is using a stigma lens to understand what motivates OB/Gyn trainees to become (or not become) abortion providers by assessing how stigma manifests. Through this understanding, they will generate recommendations for stigma-reduction interventions aimed at healthcare providers.

Asociacion Movimiento por la Equidad (AME), a non-governmental, non-profit women’s rights organization working to consolidate a critical mass of Stigma-busters in a legal Community that has been already sensitized in women’s rights and sexual violence. Through this grant, AME-Guatemala will begin to understand and document how abortion stigma manifests in a wider portion of the legal community while activating a cadre of trained advocates to discuss, provoke, and mitigate abortion stigma.

Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY), based in Kenya, is a non-governmental organization formed by and for youth with disabilities, dedicated to achieving equality, inclusion and empowerment of youth with disabilities in Kenya. ANDY is focusing on the intersection of stigma around disabilities and abortion by creating new avenues of support and help-seeking for women with disabilities who have had or are seeking abortions. To document this understanding and process, they will produce a documentary film.

Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas based in Mexico and launching in Bolivia, will pilot their approach to sharing video content (“Liberando Videos”) in Bolivia. By training local organizers to distribute short videos through a mobile technology, Liberando Videos: Bolivia aims to normalize abortion and promote the sharing of prochoice media through non-traditional channels. NCNV will also document their training and community organizing approach such that it can be replicated and adapted for other settings.

Beyond Beijing Committee, formed in Nepal after the UN Fourth World conference on Women at Beijing in 1995, is a human rights feminist organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development, and human rights. They will assess manifestations of abortion stigma among community members, decision-makers, and NGOs. With these findings, they will enhance the training and support provided to female and youth community health volunteers as they provide information and support to women in the community.

Rwanda Society for Obstetricians and Gynecologists will measure abortion stigma among health care providers, adapt Values Clarification and Attitude Transformation activities to address stigma within the local context, and develop recommendations on reducing abortion stigma in Rwanda with the involvement of health care providers.

The Sustainable Health Development Center-VietHealth in Vietnam, seeks to explore the relationship between abortion stigma and quality of care within the health system, especially among young and unmarried women. VietHealth will conduct qualitative research among women and health providers, and will apply a framework of multiple-stigma measures in order to assess how stigma impacts the individuals and systems of care.

We are so excited to partner with these ground-breaking grantees, and will share tools, lessons, resources and ideas with them throughout the project period. As the year progresses, we will also be sharing updates, news, and results of their work with the wider inroads network. Please join us in congratulating these groups and thanking them for moving forward our understanding of abortion stigma and discrimination with these innovative projects.

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