For the publication of DSW’s 2017 Annual Report, we wanted to profile some of the new faces that have started work at the organisation in the last year! Introducing Angela Bähr, International Director for Projects and Programmes!
My name is Angela Bähr, I’m a public health and gender specialist and since one year I´m working now in DSW as International Director for Projects and Programmes. My professional biography leads me first to spend eight years in Central America working in women rights issue and capacity development in human rights. This personal experience of daily gender inequality and discrimination of women’s life’s motivated myself to dedicate my professional career even more to the development of public health issues. Back in Europe, I did my Master in Public Health and worked for some years with German Technical Cooperation in the health and education department, especially in HIV & AIDS prevention and human rights of girls. Giving priority to personal issues, I left for some years the development cooperation working in women’s and migration projects in Hamburg- Northern Germany.
My passion for development topics and the direct engagement for sexual and reproductive health and rights brought me to DSW in summer 2016. Due to my vast experience in national and international project management including monitoring and evaluation I get the opportunity to work with DSW.
My first year was dedicated to learn about the foundation, her colleagues and her different field of engagement from advocacy to the implementation of projects in cooperation with our four country offices in Eastern Africa. I´m really thankful to everybody in DSW in Germany, Brussels, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania who facilitated my integration in the whole team.
I’m looking forward to enhance our professional approach to projects and programmes in the context of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Youth empowerment and to develop some practical research regarding our own lessons learned and good practises to enhance the access of young people to family planning, informed decisions and more empowerment of young women in the near future.