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 …

Kenyan woman thrives thanks to DSW’s youth-to-youth intervention

DSW’s youth-to-youth programme unleashes the potential of Kenyan woman

Collins Baswony Kenya, Uncategorised, Youth Empowerment

Esther Mbuthia is an outside caterer living and working in Nairobi In 2012, DSW trained Esther as part of her youth group ‘Pamoja Tuinuke’ (Together we rise) on entrepreneurship through the youth-to-youth programme. As part of the training programme, ‘Pamoja tuinuke’ was granted outside catering implements to help them start their business. The implements they received included ‘chefing dishes’, cooking pots, …

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, …

Kenya: DSW trains 20 more young people on family planning and budget advocacy

Collins Baswony Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

  DSW trained 20 youth from Bungoma, Nandi, West Pokot and Trans Nzoia Counties in Kenya on family planning and budget advocacy during a two-day workshop convened on 2nd and 3rd of May 2017 in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. The training workshop was conducted to convey to the youth knowledge on identifying and engaging stakeholders, communication / facilitation skills, understanding …

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 …