ena, Alice and Njeri having lunch in the centre of Nairobi

Sex and Nairobi City: Three very different women talk contraception, consent, and sex education.

Rena Föhr Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

What is it like to be a woman in Kenya, in Germany, and in England? On International Women’s Day, DSW’s Alice, Njeri and Rena talk about condom exhibitions, not being able to afford contraception, and what we demand from our governments.   Tell us about your sex education in school?  Njeri: In Kenya, we didn’t learn about contraceptives in school. We …

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 …

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 …

DSW’s Women Deliver Daily Diary – Day 1: “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves”

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, News, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

The sound of “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” (more on the Eurythmics below) subsided as over 5,000 people from all over the world shuffled into the main plenary hall at Copenhagen’s Bella Center. Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield took the stage, welcomed the crowd and introduced the first speaker. The fourth Women Deliver conference was underway. DSW at Women Deliver – …

International Women’s Day 2016: What about access to reproductive health services for Kenyan women and girls?

Collins Baswony Global Health, Population Dynamics

By Dr. George Kamau Today, Kenya joins the rest of the world in celebrating our women as we commemorate International Women’s Day 2016. We, as a country, can use the International Women’s Day as an opportunity to evaluate and renew our commitment to improve the well-being of our women and girls. Kenya stands to reap greatly from investing in girls …

International Women’s Day 2016 – join the debate on gender equality on March 8!

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

International Women’s Day 2016 is fast approach on March 8. This time around, as with every year, we are working hard to make sure that women’s economic empowerment and gender equality are priorities for European politicians. Only by being firm in our commitment for gender equality, will we have any chance to hit the targets for 2030 set for the …

FP2020: Securing a better future for women and girls!

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, Global Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

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 …

WCD Reflections – know your choices

Howard Akimala Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

During the recent World Contraception Day celebrations on September 26, DSW took time out to talk to some youth in Mombasa on what the day meant to them. While there is no universal understanding of how the day came about, many of them recognise the increasing role they have to play in ensuring a sustainable population. Juma Hassan (not his …

€2.9M boost for improving maternal and child healthcare in Mombasa County – Kenya

Howard Akimala Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

KENYA: The European Union in conjunction with Mombasa County Government today launched a Ksh. 335million (2.94 Million Euros) three year integrated healthcare programme that will benefit over 47,000 women, children and men from informal settlements of Bangladesh, Maweni, Moroto and Machafukoni. The initiative will be jointly implemented by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW), Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) and the …

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

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, 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 Support for Girls in Development, 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 …

IWD 2015: Kenya’s First Lady Rallies Thousands to Run for Maternal and Child Health on International Women’s Day

Howard Akimala Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

NAIROBI: The Kenyan First Lady Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta led more than 15,000 runners in the “Beyond Zero” half marathon run to raise funds for maternal and child health on International Women’s Day. Despite its commitment to maternal health care, Kenya still has a high maternal mortality rate of 488 deaths per 100,000 live births. The country had committed to …

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

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

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 …

Population Stories: Media Champions Feted

Howard Akimala Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Outstanding journalists were last night feted during the 8th annual Kenya Media Network on Population and Development (KEMEP) awards ceremony in Nairobi. The awards which recognise and reward journalistic excellence in the coverage of population & development issues were co-sponsored by UNFPA, National Council for Population & Development (NCPD), DSW and JHPIEGO through its TUPANGE project.