The EU and SRHR: What I learned about investing in youth and adolescents

Kennedy Chande Empower

The world is now five years into implementing the SDGs. This gets me worried and keep wondering whether we are on track to meet them or not, and more importantly whether the biggest youth generation in history are properly on board in all aspects. DSW conducted a study ‘Investing in Africa’s Youth – How the EU can better support adolescent

DSW Ethiopia: Stakeholders Review FP Project

Esayas Meskel Youth Empowerment

    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 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 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 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 …

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

Halima Abba Ali Youth Empowerment

“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 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 …

This is how we fight for the end of female genital mutilation

Mareike Döring Advance

A presentation of our project working to end female genital mutilation in Tanzania First of all, the cultural practice that we’re talking about here is called genital mutilation. Out of respect for those affected, we will speak of circumcised girls and women. One former circumciser tells us about the procedure: “We used sharp objects such as a razor blade, scissors …

The Global Gag Rule – what it means for Kenyan women and girls

Evelyn Samba Foster

Two years after the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy – better known as the Global Gag Rule – what impact is it having on the lives of those people most reliant on external funding to access family planning services. Our Kenya Country Director Evelyn Samba, outlines the realities of the situation in Kenya. What will change? The reinstatement of …

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

Eoghan Walsh Empower

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 …