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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

FP2020

London Calling! Joining the fight for family planning funding

Renate Baehr Uncategorised

Hectic activity in County Hall, very close to the UK Houses of Parliament in Westminster. People from all nations are gathered together in small groups, debating each other with great interest. I am at the “Family Planning 2020” (FP2020) family planning conference. International representatives from governments, organisations and the private sector are meeting to discuss the rights of girls and …

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 …

World TB Day 2017

World TB Day 2017 – EU support needed to defeat tuberculosis

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Press Releases, Tuberculosis

On World TB Day 2017, If Europe is serious about ending the epidemic of tuberculosis by 2030, EU leaders need to commit more funding and support for global health innovation. Brussels, March 23, 2017: Ahead of World TB Day 2017 on March 24, and as part of the international campaign “Unite to end TB”, DSW is calling for European politicians to …

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” …