Empowering Young Adolescents in Kenya!

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, HIV & AIDS, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

From March 9 to 10, DSW hosted an event to celebrate the amazing outcomes as a result of the Young Adolescents Project (YAP) in Kenya. This project was established by DSW, in collaboration with Bayer AG, in 2012 to address many of the challenges facing young people living within in Kilifi County, a region of Kenya. Before the start of …

DSW Ethiopia: Stakeholders Review FP Project

Esayas Meskel Development Cooperation

    Seven months away from the conclusion of its second phase, DSW’s project (Community-Based Responses to SRH/FP & Livelihood Needs of Married Adolescent Girls and Young Women) in East Wellega Zone has been reviewed by the high level stakeholders. On March 1, 2016, the fifth annual review meeting was organized by DSW to discuss about the project that took …

Hopes and challenges for young adolescents in Kenya

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, HIV & AIDS, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Last week, Halima Ali, The Young Adolescents Project (YAP) Coordinator in Kenya, visited Berlin to take part in a special meeting of DSW’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development in the context of International Day of the Girl Child. While she was here, Halima took the time to talk about progresses achieved via the project and the situation facing …

World Contraception Day 2014 – Empowering young adults to protect themselves

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

“It is not easy living as a girl or young woman in low- and middle-income countries today. Adolescents are at higher risk of illness and even death from pregnancy related complications, and girls and young women shoulder a disproportionate amount of the world’s global disease burden. In addition, between 8 percent and 25 per cent of girls in sub-Saharan Africa …

IYD 2014 – Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young adolescents in Kenya

Renate Baehr Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Youth Empowerment

It’s not easy to be a young person living in Kenya today. Compared with adults, adolescents are at higher risk of illness and even death from pregnancy related complications, HIV infection, or other sexually transmitted infections. In addition, unintended pregnancy is often the main cause for girls leaving formal education, the consequences of which can take a toll on their …

Keeping Adolescent girls in School – Kenya

Howard Akimala Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

DSW recently distributed over 3, 400 sanitary towels to young adolescent girls in Kilifi county, coast region in Kenya. This is an effort to ensure more girls stay in school even when they are undergoing changes in their bodies that many times results in them dropping out of school.

Dispatch from Uganda – Using peer to peer approach to reach young people

Eoghan Walsh Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

  The work done by our country offices in East Africa is fundamental to the success of DSW. Without it we would not be the organization we are today. Through this blog we will periodically bring you success stories and interesting dispatches from the work being done with youth groups and other partners.   The sexual health of adolescents is …

#16Days: Activism Against Gender Based Violence – despatch from Kenya

Halima Abba Ali Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

“From peace in the home to peace in the world: Make education safe for all”  2015 marks the 24th year of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence began on the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and ended on the International …

European Week of Action for Girls – Standing up for girls’ rights!

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

As part of the “European Alliance for Girls[1]” DSW organised a number of high-profile events during this week for the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. The fourth edition of the European Week of Action for Girls is organised by Plan EU Office and several civil …

DSW Youth Meet-Up 2018 – introducing our youth advocates!

Eoghan Walsh Economic Empowerment, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Last week we introduced our Youth Meet-up 2018 – our effort, alongside partners Dance4Life and CHOICE, to get youth voices heard in the hall of power in Brussels. We are kicking off our activities today, so it’s a good time to introduce our awesome youth advocates who will be in Brussels this week! We’re thrilled to have a broad mix …

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018

Kenya: Hasten provision of free sanitary towels to school girls

Collins Baswony Kenya, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

By Evelyn Samba All Kenyan school girls to get free sanitary towels! The headlines rang in June 2017 after President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Basic Education (Amendment) Act of 2017. The law stated that the government has to provide “free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels to every girl child registered and enrolled in a public basic education institution who …

Lack of information and unsafe abortions: how the global gag rule affects girls and women in Kenya

Evelyn Samba Development Cooperation, Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Uncategorised

Right after assuming the office in January 2017, the Trump administration reinstated the so-called Global Gag Rule. Also known as Mexico City Policy, it blocks US funding for international NGOs which offer information or services regarding abortion, or who simply stand by a woman’s right to choose. The effects of the Global Gag Rule are increasingly being felt in DSW’s project

DSW in 2016 – dispatch from Kenya!

Evelyn Samba Development Cooperation, Introducing..., Kenya, News, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Since the year 2000, DSW has been working with Kenyans enabling them to work towards a healthy future for all. We have done this by supporting a conversation about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and what this means for Kenya’s efforts of improving health outcomes. We operate from Nairobi with a liaison office in Mombasa and programme interventions …