International Day of the Girl: how Kindu saved his sisters from child marriage

Rena Föhr Ethiopia, Support for Girls in Development

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, …

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 …

World Population Day 2015: taking stock of the MDGs (part 1)

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Each year in July when World Population Day comes around, we at DSW like to take stock of the situation of the people living in some the world’s poorest countries. In particular, we want to see how the young men and women that we work with on a day-to-day basis in East Africa – supported them to be empowered and …

#WPD2014 – A startling picture for women and girls

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development

This opinion piece by DSW’s Executive Director Renate Baehr originally appeared online at Devex. You can access it on their site here. Nabajju is a young woman living in rural Uganda. While still in school Nabajju, like many girls of her age living in low- and middle-income countries, became pregnant unexpectedly. Unlike many girls in her situation, however, she was lucky …