FOUR GOALS – ONE GLOBAL PROMISE!

We focus on the needs and potential of the largest youth generation in history.

We are committed to creating demand for and access to health information, services, supplies, and economic empowerment for youth.

Nine out of ten of the world’s 1.8 billion young people live in countries of poverty.

Developing regions are seeing a massive surge in youth populations. Although this has the potential to shape the destiny of these countries for the better, this will not happen if young people continue to be denied their right to a better life. This includes the chance of a full education, access to proper healthcare, the choice of when (and if) to get married, of what type of career to choose, and the option of planning a family when ready.

How Are Young Women and Girls Affected? 

 
 
Half of all pregnancies among women aged 15–19 in developing countries are unintended.

Enabling access to modern contraceptives and family planning methods, would prevent an estimated 307 million unintended pregnancies annually.

Over 800 young women die daily from complications during childbirth - 99% in developing regions.

Most of these deaths could be prevented with full access to contraceptive care, and maternal and newborn healthcare – which are severely lacking in the world’s poorest regions.

Every 23 minutes a young girl under the age of 18 is forced to marry.

That translates to over 32,000 girls a day; 12 million a year. Ending this practice will lead to better health, education and career prospects – giving young girls a better chance in life.

AIDS remains a leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa.

An increase in R&D funding, for new vaccines, diagnostics, and treatment options is essential, as is education and training to equip young people to protect themselves.

Here’s How We’re Working to Fix It

Imagine a world where the above problems no longer apply. Where all youth could choose their own path. Where young women had access to modern contraception and could plan the timing & spacing of their pregnancies. Where diseases of poverty were extinct… 

In Germany, the EU, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, we are working hard to realise this vision of a healthy and sustainable world where all young people can achieve their full potential – and where every pregnancy is wanted. By championing young people’s access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health and rights, we are ensuring a brighter future for the generation of today – and tomorrow! 

GOAL 1
Foster demand for and access to health information, health supplies and youth-friendly services, particularly for sexual and reproductive health.
GOAL 2
Advance the respect and protection of SRHR, with a focus on eliminating gender-related discrimination and inequality.
To ensure GOAL 1 is accomplished, DSW will:
  • Improve young people’s access to affordable, quality health supplies, comprehensive sexuality education, and to youth friendly services.
  • Increase demand for gender-sensitive health information, youth-friendly services, and SRH supplies.
To ensure GOAL 2 is accomplished, DSW will:
  • Promote the inclusion of and investment for sexual and reproductive health and rights in international and national policy and legal frameworks.
  • Increase stakeholders’ awareness and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as its application.
GOAL 3
Empower young people to make their voices heard in decision-making processes at local, national, and global levels.
GOAL 4
Enhance access to socio-economic opportunities for vulnerable young people.
To ensure GOAL 3 is accomplished, DSW will:
  • Improve young people’s gender awareness, as well as their leadership, advocacy, and life skills.
  • Increase decision-makers’ awareness of and commitment to meaningful and inclusive youth participation.
To ensure GOAL 4 is accomplished, DSW will:
  • Develop partnerships and networks to enhance young people’s socio-economic opportunities.
  • Provide young people with training and capacity development to foster their economic and social resilience.

Here’s How We’re Working to Fix It

Our VISION is of a healthy and sustainable world in which all young people can realise their full potential. To unleash this potential, DSW empowers young people, promotes an enabling environment, and fosters meaningful and inclusive participation.

GOAL 1
Foster demand for and access to health information, health supplies and youth-friendly services, particularly for sexual and reproductive health.
To ensure GOAL 1 is accomplished, DSW will:
  • Improve young people’s access to affordable, quality health supplies, comprehensive sexuality education, and to youth friendly services.
  • Increase demand for gender-sensitive health information, youth-friendly services, and SRH supplies.
GOAL 2
Advance the respect and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights, with a focus on eliminating gender-related discrimination and inequality.
To ensure GOAL 2 is accomplished, DSW will:
  • Promote the inclusion of and investment for sexual and reproductive health and rights in international and national policy and legal frameworks.
  • Increase stakeholders’ awareness and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as its application.
GOAL 3
Empower young people to make their voices heard in decision-making processes at local, national, and global levels.
To ensure GOAL 3 is accomplished, DSW will:
  • Improve young people’s gender awareness, as well as their leadership, advocacy, and life skills.
  • Increase decision-makers’ awareness of and commitment to meaningful and inclusive youth participation.
GOAL 4
Enhance access to socio-economic opportunities for vulnerable young people.
To ensure GOAL 4 is accomplished, DSW will:
  • Develop partnerships and networks to enhance young people’s socio-economic opportunities.
  • Provide young people with training and capacity development to foster their economic and social resilience.

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Through our #RightByHer campaign, we work to make women’s rights a reality across Africa. Together with our partners, and our donor the EU, we research the status of inequality, advocate for change, raise awareness, and build the capacity of civil society.

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