SWOP 2015: 100 million need shelter from the storm

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

I think 2015 will be remembered as the year when Europe finally woke up to the true reality of human suffering caused by war and violence across the world. So far this year, an estimated 750,000 people have braved the perils of travelling by land and sea to seek an escape from violence – and this number is set to increase into …

FP2020: Securing a better future for women and girls!

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

According to the latest Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) progress report ‘Commitment to Action 2014-2015’, more women and girls than ever before are now voluntarily using modern contraceptives to delay or even avoid a pregnancy in the world’s poorest countries. Measured since the landmark 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, the report details achievements in the global family planning movement. In …

EU Girls Week – a story from Mozambique

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

For the European Week of Action for Girls, we are delighted to showcase success stories from around the world. Here, in a guest post, our friends at UNIDO introduce us to two young women from Mozambique. Read on! Introducing Vilma and Valeria, 27, beneficiaries of the programme in Mozambique Activity: Sewing, production of clothes, bags and necklaces in capulana Vilma …

Keeping girls in school: Bayer and DSW staff give back to society

Howard Akimala Youth Empowerment

Nairobi: Adolescence is a crucial stage of life and one that is challenging for most girls because of its physical and psychological changes. One of the major physiological changes in adolescent girls is menstruation. It is estimated that Kenyan adolescent girls lose an average of 3.5 million learning days per month due to menstruation. This hinders their ability to compete …

#BeTheChange2015 competition – our weekly winner!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

We have been delighted so far by the level and quality of responses to our #BeTheChange2015 instagram and online competition! Since the launch in August, we have received over 300 excellent photos from all over the world – showcasing positive change in areas such as education, child and maternal health, and environmental protection. We are really thrilled by what we …

Y2Y: East African youth need education, employment and health!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

East Africa’s population is young. 64 per cent of the population – an estimated 251 million people are below age 25. Life is not always easy for them. We asked Kennedy Mambo Chande, Y2Y (Youth to Youth) Coordinator at DSW, to tell us about the challenges and opportunities of the East African youth generation.

International Youth Day 2015 – Girls, girls girls!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

International Youth Day 2015 has as its theme youth civic engagement. As the UN rightly recognizes, involving young people in the decisions taken by governments and politicians is vital if national and international commitments are to be met and we are able to achieve sustainable human development. However, most of the time the opportunities for young people to engage politically, …

WPD 2015: taking stock of the MDGs (pt. 2): Gender Equality

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Improving the position of girls and women around the world was an important touchstone for the Millennium Development Goals. But, was it at the core of the MDGs agenda? Have the last 15 years shown a marked improvement for girls and young women across a range of issues – access to education and the workforce, accountability, and political representation? And, …

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

Eoghan Walsh 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 …

An emerging EU position on SRHR and gender

Cecile Vernant Youth Empowerment

On Tuesday May 26th, after months of coordination hours of difficult negotiations between the foreign affairs ministers, the Council of the European Union finally released these long awaited Conclusions not only on post 2015 development agenda but also on Gender in development. While most of the attention of the development community and the media was drawn to the Conclusions on …

The “she matters” conference – building support for women and girls needs across the world

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

Last Friday evening saw the end to an ambitious but well received international two day conference in Berlin. Called “she matters”, the conference aimed at creating support from among parliamentarians across the world for increased G7 commitment to international development cooperation and global health, with a special focus on gender equality, women’s empowerment, and SRHR. Organised by the German All …

Empowerment of Women and Girls is Progress for All: Three Decades of Gains for Ugandan Women and girls

Julie Najjunju Youth Empowerment

The 2015 Global Theme for International Women’s Day was “Equality for Women is Progress for All” while the theme selected for the National celebrations this year was “Empowerment of Women and Girls is Progress for All: Three Decades of Gains for Ugandan Women and girls”. This theme was selected to demonstrate that the empowerment of women and girls, much as …

“No woman, no growth” – European year for development 2015 celebrates women and girls

Cecile Vernant Youth Empowerment

What a great start of the week! Not only did I have the chance to visit Riga, its beautiful old town and lovely people, and to see all my dear colleagues working on gender – it is such a small international community -, but I also got to attend as part of the European Year for Development 2015 the high level event …

SRHR communication still a challenge along Kenya Coast

Howard Akimala Youth Empowerment

A recent survey conducted by DSW in Kilifi County (Kenya) shows that only 5% of young adolescents confide in their parents/guardians about Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The adolescents are more free discussing such issues with their teachers, though this is still quite low at 28%. in April 2014, as part of the implementation of the Young Adolescents Project …

DSW launches UNFPA SWOP Report in Germany – The power of 1.8 billion!

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

DSW Launches UNFPA SWOP Report Today, Nov. 18th, DSW published the German version of UNFPA’s State of the World Population (SWOP) Report in Berlin. The theme of this year’s SWOP Report is the potential transformative power of the 1.8 billion young people alive today. As this incredible generation has the power to shape our world, their needs must not be …