New Guttmacher Study: Better Access, Improved Support, More Research!

Lisa Trujillo Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Time is ticking, fast, particularly for very young adolescents aged 10-14 years old. This is a stage in life that is characterised by rapid physical changes, such as the onset of puberty. It also includes very dynamic social and emotional situations that include first-time intimate and sexual experiences for some, as found in a recent study conducted by the Guttmacher …

I am not going to talk about it

Shane O'Halloran Global Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Today, on the occasion of the release of the latest WHO annual World Health Statistics report, I have decided that I am not going to talk about: The fact that more than 3,000 young adolescents die every single day from causes that are largely preventable. The fact that the leading cause of death for girls and young women aged 15–19, …

DSW Ethiopia – Sensitising society on early and forced marriage

Eoghan Walsh Ethiopia, Support for Girls in Development

Typically, the attendance of a workshop event in small towns would fall behind the scheduled time due to tardiness on the part of the participants. But a series of workshop that took place in two separate towns in different days on April 6 and 7 2017 displayed quite a different experience of an in-time attendance. The sensitization workshops organized by …

We Stand United with UNFPA

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

  For those of us working to secure women’s rights, to ensure that women and girls living in countries affected by extreme poverty gain the ability to choose their own path in life free threats of violence, coercion, and discrimination; today’s decision by the Trump administration to halt funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) came as a massive blow.

A More Gender Inclusive World? Ja, Danke!

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Today, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, DSW is standing behind women and girls world-wide as we call on government leaders and political decision-makers to recognise and correct the staggering levels of discrimination and inequality facing half of the world’s population.

The future is mine – nothing can stop me!

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

In this day and age, it is staggering to think that although women and girls make up half of the world’s population, they continue to represent over 70% of the world’s poor. Creating a more equitable and sustainable future means building better opportunities in education, health and employment. This not only has benefits for women and girls, but also creates …

She decides

She Decides: International community reaffirms support for women’s health

Eoghan Walsh Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

She Decides conference in Brussels presents governments united in support for family planning and reproductive health, in rejection of Trump reinstatement of the “Global Gag Rule” She Decides conference, Brussels, March 2, 2017: Governments from around the world today reaffirmed – politically and financially – their commitment to the health of women living in the world’s poorest countries. At the “She Decides” …

Turning the tide for our global future

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

As the (proud!) father of a nine-year old living in Germany, I find it impossible to imagine a situation where I would block his attendance from school, expose him to violence, pressure him into finding a job to support us, or even force him into marriage. His entire world at the moment consists of juggling homework with his love for …

DSW in Brussels celebrates its Super Sweet Sixteen!

Cecile Vernant Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

As part of the celebration’s of DSW’s 25th birthday in 2016, we are presenting the stories of the people and offices that work for DSW. Here, Cecile Vernant, the Head of EU Advocacy for DSW in Brussels, speaks about the work DSW does in Europe – and celebrates the Brussels’ office own, very special birthday! Sweet Sixteen, or when you realise that you …