These people will give you hope and inspiration: meet activists from the European Development Days

Rena Föhr Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

What can you learn from a 78-year-old Peruvian activist, a young biomedical scientist from Nigeria, and a child marriage survivor from Uganda? At the European Development Days, we talked and listened to them to find out. BY RENA FÖHR & ALICE BRIDGWOOD Mamá Lucinda, Peru While others retire, Lucinda Terrazas is busy building her dream.  The 78-year-old Peruvian is a …

The Launching of Strengthening Local Advocacy Leadership in East Africa Project in Tanzania

Philomena Marijani Sexual and Reproductive Health, Tanzania, Youth Empowerment

  DSW Tanzania official launched the Strengthening of Local Advocacy Leadership in East Africa (Youth Can) project at DSW office in Arusha. The three year project aims at building capacity of youth focused Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tanzania so that they can effectively implement Reproductive Health and Family Planning advocacy. The project is implemented in five regions Arusha, Dar …

Sexual and reproductive health and rights at risk in next EU budget without dedicated investment

Eoghan Walsh Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Brussels, June 6, 2018: At the Brussels launch of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) report this week, civil society representatives called on the European Union to make a dedicated commitment to SRHR and family planning in the EU’s next multi-annual budget. Following on from the recommendations in the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission report, the EU must …

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

Rena Föhr 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 …

How can we achieve universal access to SRHR? Three key lessons from the new Guttmacher-Lancet report

Rena Föhr Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Uncategorised

Almost everyone in the world will lack access to sexual and reproductive health services at some point in their life. This is one of the most alarming findings of a ground-breaking new report on SRHR recently published by the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission. But there’s good news too: fixing this situation would be affordable, and have a positive impact not only on health, …

Lilian Mokobi, 24, with her baby in Kibera, Nairobi

What are my rights? Sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa

Alice Bridgwood Sexual and Reproductive Health

Do you know what your rights are? Do you really have the rights you are entitled to? 51 out of 54 African countries have committed to ensuring women’s rights as enshrined in a continental policy commitment known as the Maputo Protocol. But the reality is, 15 years after the Maputo Protocol was conceived, many women across Africa still do not have these fundamental …

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.

Rena Föhr 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 …

The Celebration of National Anti – FGM Day in Kilindi District, Tanga Region- Tanzania

Philomena Marijani Economic Empowerment, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Tanzania

DSW    participated in a National Anti – FGM Day in Kilindi District in Tanga Region in February 17, 2018.  The program was organized by AMREF Health for Africa  in marking  of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Day which is celebrated each year in February 06.  DSW Tanzania  was invited by AMREF to take part in …

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, …

MEPs PRNDs Survey

Press Release – MEPs support EU funding for disease research, reject Commission, Council threat of cuts

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Uncategorised

DSW MEP Survey: MEPs support EU funding for disease research, reject Commission, Council threat of cuts Brussels, September 7, 2017: In the results of a new survey released today, a two-thirds majority of the European Parliament believes that the EU is not spending enough money to fund research that is targeted at HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, and other diseases …

Family Planning: between catastrophe, catchpenny policies and consolidated commitments

Stephanie Wutzke HIV & AIDS, Imagine2030, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Family Planning and the Empowering of Youth on National and Transnational Grounds By reintroducing the Global Gag Rule, the Trump administration has laid down yet another benchmark on their path away from global solidarity and cooperation. The rule gags international NGOs inter alia over offering advice about legal abortion as a requirement in order to receive family planning funding from …

It’s Time to Take Action!

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Uncategorised, Youth Empowerment

For over twenty-five years, DSW has advocated on the right of women everywhere, especially those living in countries of poverty, for complete access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services, information, and supplies. We remain fully convinced that empowering young women – by reducing gender inequalities, by listening to their needs, and by including their voices in development …

Euromapping 2017 – EU must step up support for reproductive health!

Eoghan Walsh Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

BRUSSELS, 11 July – Europe needs to do more to support sexual and reproductive health and rights of people living in countries of poverty. This is the central message from the new Euromapping report, released by the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW), and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) to mark World Population Day. The report is available …