This year presents us with a once in a generation opportunity. Not only will development policy take centre stage during the European Year for Development, but 2015 will see the roll-out of a new development agenda to replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals. The new goals – which will set the development agenda for the next 15 years – provide an opportunity to transform the lives and health prospects millions of young women and girls. Empowering young women and girls to take control of their bodies and health is crucial to increasing economic prosperity and achieving gender equality – and ensuring these girls have access to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is a fundamental part of this process.
It is a fact that investment in SRHR saves lives and promotes health, cutting the number of maternal deaths and unintended pregnancies, and prevents the spread of deadly diseases. There is still much to do but with your continued support, I am certain we will succeed in empowering women and young people everywhere to achieve their full potential. This is crucial not only for them, but for their communities, and our future generations to come.
Renate Baehr, Executive Director, DSWDOWNLOAD THE 2015 ANNUAL REPORT