Q: What is the role of the SheDecides Support Unit?
Movements don’t grow and thrive automatically. To make sure that SheDecides grows as a movement that leads to lasting change in people’s lives, a small support unit was created in mid-2017. The role of the SheDecides Support Unit is to nurture the development of the SheDecides movement and support Friends and Champions to speak out and advocate for the rights of girls and women. It is responsible for central communications related to SheDecides, and will catalyse and grow the movement to help it achieve its objectives. It will do so by connecting and communicating, sharing information, providing toolkits and amplifying best practices.
The Support Unit acts independently within the spirit of the original movement and develops it further, working with its Champions as a key sounding board. An important principle is that the Support Unit will not do anything that someone else is already doing. SheDecides is a partnership where most of the work is done by partners (Friends and Champions). The Support Unit is a catalyst and facilitator; it does not embody or control the movement. A primary consideration is to foster the agility, energy and edginess of the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights on a global scale. Friends and Champions own the movement, and it is envisaged that, as a result, SheDecides will take on many different shapes and grow organically.
While the SheDecides Support Unit and its Friends and Champions will push governments to increase the amount of money they put towards sexual and reproductive health, it does not control any funding and is not a grant-giving mechanism. The SheDecides Support Unit does not provide health care and is unable to refer girls and women to specific health care providers or help solve individual problems.