Intro Make Way programme


Make Way aims to break down barriers to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) by promoting the use of an intersectional lens. This means looking at the effects of overlapping forms of vulnerabilities, for example those relating to gender, religion, ability, ethnicity or social status. Applying this lens uncovers power dynamics plus interrelated and systemic barriers that prevent minoritised people, especially youth, from realising their SRHR.  

We develop innovative tools for intersectional SRHR advocacy. And we work with other civil society organisations to push for the structural changes that break the barriers minoritised young people experience.  

In a world where everyone can realise their SRHR: 

  • Societal views and norms regarding gender and other relevant issues are inclusive and do not stigmatise or lead to discrimination. 
  • Sexuality education is comprehensive and inclusive.  
  • Health systems have sufficient funding and are appropriately staffed to provide quality SRH services for everyone. 
  • Youth facing compounded vulnerabilities are involved in decision-making affecting their lives.  
  • Civil society organisations working on SRHR can count on support, both financially and in other ways.
  • Intersectional awareness is part of the SRHR agenda. 

Make Way has six core partners who strengthen each other with their specific areas of expertise: Akina Mama wa Afrika, The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians – Kenya, Forum for African Women Educationalists, Liliane Foundation, VSO Netherlands and Wemos. We work in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Together, we implement Make Way in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, the (Eastern and Southern) African region and at a global level.


Akina Mama wa Afrika

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) is a Feminist Pan-African leadership organization founded in 1985. Just like its Swahili name that translates to “Solidarity with African Women,” AMwA harnesses the power of radical siblinghood among African women and girls to dismantle the patriarchal, imperialistic and capitalist systems that oppress them. 

With a vision of creating a dignified and equitable feminist society for African women, girls and gender-expansive persons, AMwA, through its flagship programme, the African Women’s Leadership Institute(AWLI), trains African women in intersectional feminist analyses and strategies to support and facilitate change in political and policy advocacy work. 

AMWA’s work has produced significant results in many African countries, especially in the key areas of economic justice and climate action, sexual and reproductive health and rights, governance and leadership and in bringing a gender analysis into organisational development, which has been extremely male-dominated.

The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians Kenya

The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians was founded in 1989 to voice the Pan-African and inter-religious theological perspectives of African women. The Circle discusses issues of common concern, based on our experiences in different religions and cultures.  

To build the capacity of African women, the Circle uses a theoretical framework with theology, religion and culture as its starting points. Religion and culture are major systemic barriers to realising sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). For our work that involves resistance to repressive traditions, we take an intersectional approach. We train religious leaders on innovative ways to read and interpret religious texts, working towards a more liberating attitude to SRHR.

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Telesia Musili

Forum for African Women Educationalists

The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a pan-African NGO. It was founded in 1992 by five women serving as ministers of education in different African countries. All of them were concerned about gender inequality and they recognised the obstacles to gaining an education. Their aim was to promote education for girls and women in sub-Saharan Africa, in line with Education for All goals.  

The organisation’s members include female ministers of education, university vice-chancellors, education policymakers, researchers, gender specialists and human rights activists. To achieve our goals, we explore potential areas of collaboration and establish partnerships with like-minded organisations.

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Martin Okhako Jackson

Liliane Foundation

The Liliane Foundation empowers children and young people with a disability. In collaboration with our local partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, we provide the best, tailor-made care, based on a Community Rehabilitation Approach (CBR). We create a more accessible and inclusive environment for them and support them in their development.  

Due to misguided beliefs and social prejudices, children and young people with a disability are denied information on and access to SRHR-related services and care. By contributing to Make Way, the Liliane Foundation ensures the inclusion of children and young people with a disability in SRHR-related policies and programmes. 

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VSO Netherlands

VSO is an international development organisation with over 60 years of experience and a worldwide network. Our mission is a fair world for everyone, full of equal opportunities and rights – wherever you are.

We share knowledge and experience, rather than goods and food, aiming for long-term impact. We work closely with local and international companies, with schools and healthcare institutions and with local and national governments. At VSO, we believe progress is only possible if we work together. And what we strive for are better policies that actually get implemented to help improve people’s lives.

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Marcello Siboni

Caroline Wambui

Wemos (lead organisation)

Wemos is an independent civil society organisation that advocates structural change to realise global health justice. Through analysis of Dutch, European and global policies that affect health, we identify issues and propose relevant changes. We hold the Dutch government, the EU and multilateral organisations accountable for their responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil the right to health.

With sound evidence, a strong network and effective advocacy, we create spaces for dialogue and discussion around global health, addressing underlying power imbalances and bringing in the perspective of those whose voices are not always heard in the global arena.

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Jennifer Bushee
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