Are the SDGs boring? A guest post from Dance4Life

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

The Youth Meet-up in Brussels was organised by DSW, Dance4life and CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality on September 26-27 2018. On the second day, the workshop was hosted by members of the European Parliament, policy advisors, and with assistance from political groups in Brussels. Ten youth representatives from Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Netherlands and Georgia participated in the …

This picture shows two sisters hugging each other and smiling at the camera: on the left side, eight-year-old Lelise, on the right side, 15-year-old Seble.

International Day of the Girl: will these ambitious sisters realize their dreams?

Eoghan Walsh Ethiopia, Support for Girls in Development

A future pilot and a future lawyer? The sisters Seble and Lelise are self-confident girls who work hard for their future. With support and good policies, they could achieve their dreams – but there are also obstacles. When Lelise, 8, talks about her big sister Seble, she lightens up. “My sister is my tutor. She helps me a lot with …

International Day of the Girl: how Kindu saved his sisters from child marriage

Eoghan Walsh Ethiopia, Support for Girls in Development

Tomorrow is the International Day of the Girl! In the light of this important date, we will tell stories around girls’ realities, their potential and discriminations they face. Today, let’s start with the story of a true hero who stood up and did right by girls: Kindu Melkenew, 30, saved his youngest sisters from child marriage.  Kindu Melkenew, 30, from Ethiopia, …

Contraception is not just about sex – it’s about saving lives!

Shane O'Halloran Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

When I was growing up in Ireland, the sale and advertising of modern contraceptives was banned. As ridiculous as it sounds now, the only way to obtain modern contraceptives was to buy them illegally down dark corners in some of the more dodgy parts of Dublin. Yes, there was a black market for condoms! Fortunately things eased up over the …

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 …

DSW youth meet-up

Introducing DSW’s Youth Meet-up 2018!

Eoghan Walsh Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

DSW is big on youth and to show this we have teamed up with our partners to bring youth voices to the heart of power in Europe, with our Youth Meet-up 2018! Youth is, after all, right there in our logo! We are committed to the belief that “youth can”, and see the results every day in the projects that we …

DSW Tanzania showcases Youth Empowerment Centres (YEC) and Youth Clubs as “Safe Spaces for Youth”

Philomena Marijani Success Stories, Tanzania, Youth Empowerment

In Tanzania the national commemoration of International Youth Day   took place from August 10-12, 2018. August 10, 2018 was dedicated for the community services that include planting of trees and visiting stakeholders’ youth programmes that illustrate this year’s International Youth Day theme “Safe Spaces for Youth.”  On this day there were field site visits where different stakeholders from national and …

Fifteen years after the Maputo Protocol: Ground-breaking report provides pan-African review of women’s rights

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

While significant improvements have taken place, the implementation of continental commitments to women’s rights still lags behind. Berlin, September 4, 2018: Today sees the release of the digital version of the State of African Women report. This ground-breaking report delivers a full pan-African review of the current status of women’s and girls’ rights in SRHR and their ratification and domestication …

Euromapping 2018

Euromapping 2018 report – Global funding for family planning at risk from US withdrawal

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Euromapping 2018 report highlights the need for other global donors – the European Union and EU Member States – to increase their contributions to protect health of women and girls around the world. Brussels, August 29, 2018: The latest Euromapping 2018 report on global funding for family planning (FP) and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) highlights the US …

The National Commemoration of International Youth Day 2018 in Tanzania

Philomena Marijani Development Cooperation, Tanzania, Youth Empowerment

The national commemoration of International Youth Day 2018 in Tanzania took place in Arusha. The theme for International Youth Day 2018 is “Safe Spaces for Youth”.  The day was graced by Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliament Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Honourable Antony Mavunde. More than 3000 youth from different …

Portrait of Renate Bähr

Enthusiasm and Sustainability: Renate Bähr shares thoughts on DSW’s success

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, Uncategorised

Today we released our Annual Report for 2017. The numbers speak for themselves: in 2017 alone, we ran 39 projects and reached over 35,000 young people. Through DSW’s training centres, they received SRHR information, services, and supplies. But what is behind these numbers? How is the current situation in our project countries? What challenges did DSW face, whose lives did …

The Youth Symposium towards International Youth Day 2018 in Tanzania

Philomena Marijani Development Cooperation, Tanzania, Youth Empowerment

Towards the national commemoration of the International Youth Day 2018 in August 12, 2018, the Government of Tanzania and development partners include DSW Tanzania, UN agencies; UNFPA and ILO, Pathfinder International , Restless development, and other youth focused organizations organized   a Youth Symposium. The Youth Symposium took place in August 11, 2018 at East African Community Headquarters in Arusha. The …

DSW employee gets tattooed for human rights: interview with Marietta Wildt

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, HIV & AIDS

We guess you know and support the Human Rights Declaration – just as we do. But have you ever thought of getting tattoed a piece of it? DSW’s Advocacy Officer Marietta Wildt did exactly that, at an international conference. We interviewed her to find out more… Marietta, please explain to us: what is a Human Rights Tattoo?! I heard about …