Tides Center

For Support Of The Sea Change Program For Transforming Abortion Stigma

The Tides Center houses the Sea Change Program, previously housed at UCSF, which is dedicated to transforming the culture around abortion through social science research and implementing practices to reduce stigma. During the prior grant period, Sea Change ran an innovative research study on women’s book clubs that read a collection of essays including some women’s stories about their abortions. The study found that after reading the essays, nearly all of the women who had had abortions also then shared their personal experiences with abortion. Importantly, hearing the stories moved the listeners’ attitudes in the pro-choice direction. In fact, attitudes toward abortion changed the most among participants with the most prejudicial views toward abortion before the discussion. This next phase of support would enable Sea Change to expand to more book clubs, relaunch the essays to reach individual readers and activists, and conduct other interventions and research focused on reducing abortion stigma and fighting restrictive cultural norms related to abortion.
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for the Open Contracting Partnership project  
The Open Contracting Partnership engages governments and nongovernmental groups to establish and implement new global standards for transparency and broad participation in public contracting. The new standards will require that governments and companies disclose more contracts, that the information in the contracts is easily accessible and presented in user-friendly formats, and that citizens have opportunities to monitor contract award and execution processes. In addition to encouraging others to create and adopt these new norms, with this grant the Partnership would support country-level application of the principles and would facilitate learning among countries to ensure greater effectiveness in the use of public resources.
for support of the ReThink Media project  
A grant to Tides for the ReThink Media project would bolster ReThink’s ability to provide media consulting, training, and assistance to organizations working on U.S. nuclear policy. We recognize the critical importance of sophisticated media strategy in meaningfully reaching policymakers, reporters, and the public and ReThink’s expertise in national security policy makes it the only such organization working with grantees to develop such a strategy.
for the Open Government Partnership Support Unit  
The Tides Center hosts the Support Unit of the Open Government Partnership, an international platform for galvanizing public attention and political momentum to advance open governance reforms. Through the Open Government Partnership, governments commit to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. In its first year, the organization has grown to include over fifty-five countries. While additional countries will be encouraged to join the Open Government Partnership, the Support Unit will focus most of its attention on deepening engagement with participating governments, refining the quality of their action plans, brokering peer learning to advance implementation, and initiating the assessment and independent reporting processes.

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