Learning more about Obstetric Fistula with Health Care worker, Deborah Eyiiga.

Jemima Jordan Advance, Empower, Female Empowerment, Global Health

Today (May 23) is the United Nations’ International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Although relatively unknown in the West, Obstetric Fistula is a hugely distressing condition that affects two to three million women and girls in Africa and Asia, with 50,000-100,000 women developing Obstetric Fistula each year. To mark the importance of this day, Right By Her have been speaking to Deborah Eyiiga, …

‘I Am Greater Than HIV’. An Interview with Doreen Moraa

Jemima Jordan Empower, Global Health, Youth, Youth Empowerment

With a recent study showing that men whose HIV infection was fully suppressed by antiretroviral drugs had no chance of infecting their partner, it would be easy to think that the hard work in overcoming the HIV epidemic is over. However, as the ‘State of African Women’ report, published in 2018, shows, there is a still some way to go when it …

International Women’s Day in Brussels – Advocating for Africa’s youth

Eoghan Walsh Empower

As part of our celebrations for International Women’s Day throughout the month of March, our Brussels team was delighted to welcome Rodah Lochale to Brussels at the end of March. Rodah is a DSW youth champion from the West Pokot region of Kenya, and has spent the last few years working in her community against early and forced marriage and …

DSW PARTNER COUNTIES IN KENYA MAKE PROGRESS TOWARDS ACHIEVING FAMILY PLANNING FUNDING COMMITMENTS

DSW partner counties in Kenya make progress towards achieving family planning funding commitments

Collins Baswony Empower

DSW partner counties in Kenya are investing in family planning, a budget analysis conducted by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) shows. The budget analysis examined the Budget Policy Statements (BPS), Programme Based Budgets, County Implementation Reports, as well as the Budget Review and Outlook Papers of eleven counties. Additionally, nine out of eleven DSW partner counties in Kenya are making steady …

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 …

Investing in Africa’s Youth: How the EU can better support adolescent SRHR

Eoghan Walsh Empower, Enhance

Today (February 6) in Brussels, we’re launching our new landmark report on the EU’s support for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa. Get a sneak peek of what’s in the report now! In many African countries, young people are a majority, often accounting for more than 60 percent of the population. Africa’s youth population is expected to …

Nothing for us without us! Empowering the youth in Kenya to advocate for their family planning needs.

Collins Baswony Empower, Enhance

On World Contraception Day 2018, Santa Kagendo, a young woman from Meru County was granted one minute to address the governor of Meru county at the launch event of the Meru County Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan. Her task?  To deliver an important message on behalf of the youth – that the youth of Meru County need access to youth …

DSW at ICFP 2018 – Day 2: superheroes everywhere

Rena Foehr Empower

What an exciting second day in Kigali! While some of us were busy at booth 41 chatting with visitors from all over the world, others started the day right on stage.  George Ouma, DSW Kenya, kicked off a morning session on youth and reproductive health: “In Kenya, many teachers and parents view sexuality as a taboo topic”. His solution: adolescent-friendly …

DSW is at ICFP 2018! Check out our daily highlights.

Rena Foehr Empower

Greetings from Kigali, Rwanda! This week, our DSW team is attending the International Conference of Family planning (ICFP). We’ve been working over the last months to get ready for this exciting event, as you can see in this little video: DSW@ICFP 2018 – Day 1! #ICFP2018 is almost a go – we've been working furiously over the last couple of …

Are the SDGs boring? A guest post from Dance4Life

Eoghan Walsh Empower

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?

Rena Foehr Empower

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

Rena Foehr Empower

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, …

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 …