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

Collins Baswony Kenya, News, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Youth Empowerment

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 …

The photo shows Shazline, a four-year-old Kenyan girl with braided hair, looking into the camera, wearing a bright pink jacket.

#RightByHer Photo Exhibition

Eoghan Walsh Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Every year we celebrate the International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development together with GIZ and amazing partners from all over the world. But this year, we had a premiere: our first international photo exhibition. The photo series Women of Kibera was developed by Brian Otieno in the context of our multi-partner campaign #RightByHer. Meet strong girls and women from age …

Mombasa County Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan Launch PHOTO/DSW

Kenya: Launch of costed implementation plans promise residents of Mombasa, Nandi better family planning services  

Collins Baswony Kenya, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Uncategorised

  Two DSW partner counties in Kenya launched their family planning costed implementation plans while commemorating World Population Day 2018. The County Governments of Mombasa and Nandi launched their five year family planning costed implementation plans, articulating their family planning priorities, as well as the required budgetary needs.

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 …

Silvia poses with her mother

“I’ll have a better future than my mum“: peer educator Silvia talks about Kenyan Mother’s Day traditions

Eoghan Walsh Kenya, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Youth Empowerment

INTERVIEW: MALENE HUMMEL / TRANSLATION: RENA FÖHR & EOGHAN WALSH Silvia Bulali is a 25-year-old peer educator trained by DSW Kenya. She teaches young people about sexual health and contraception. Today, Silvia tells us about Kenyan Mother’s Day traditions and how it is being a mother in her country. Silvia, how is Mother’s Day celebrated in Kenya? Silvia: we show …

ena, Alice and Njeri having lunch in the centre of Nairobi

Sex and Nairobi City: Three very different women talk contraception, consent, and sex education.

Eoghan Walsh Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

What is it like to be a woman in Kenya, in Germany, and in England? On International Women’s Day, DSW’s Alice, Njeri and Rena talk about condom exhibitions, not being able to afford contraception, and what we demand from our governments.   Tell us about your sex education in school?  Njeri: In Kenya, we didn’t learn about contraceptives in school. We …

Kenya: Female genital mutilation is detrimental to girls, women and communities, it must remain outlawed

Collins Baswony Kenya, News

By Evelyn Samba Today, the United Nations will lead the world in commemorating the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, marked annually on the 6th of February. This commemoration comes hot on the heels of fresh debate about female genital mutilation and ongoing efforts to eliminate it in Kenya. This fresh debate came about following the recent …

Kenya: Investment for family planning improving, more needed to meet commitments

Collins Baswony Kenya, News, Uncategorised

Kenya is making progress towards ensuring access to family planning services, an analysis by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) has shown. The budget analysis conducted by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) examined the national budget and the budgets of 11 counties. The county budget information analysed include those of Bungoma, West Pokot, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Nakuru, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Meru, Nairobi, …

Kenya: Mr and Miss Y2Y, coast, crowned as 581 young people access reproductive health services

Collins Baswony Kenya, News, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

DSW held a beauty pageant in the coastal town of Mombasa in Kenya to give young people an opportunity to have fun and access sexual and reproductive health services. The beauty pageant, dubbed Mr and Miss Y2Y 2017 mega event, was held in Mary Cliff Primary School in Mombasa County on Saturday 11th November 2017. 500 young people from Mombasa, …

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 …