DSW at ICFP 2018 – Day 2: superheroes everywhere

Rena Föhr Youth Empowerment

What an exciting second day in Kigali! While some of us were busy at booth 41 chatting with visitors from all over the world, others started the day right on stage.  George Ouma, DSW Kenya, kicked off a morning session on youth and reproductive health: “In Kenya, many teachers and parents view sexuality as a taboo topic”. His solution: adolescent-friendly …

DSW is at ICFP 2018! Check out our daily highlights.

Rena Föhr Sexual and Reproductive Health

Greetings from Kigali, Rwanda! This week, our DSW team is attending the International Conference of Family planning (ICFP). We’ve been working over the last months to get ready for this exciting event, as you can see in this little video: DSW@ICFP 2018 – Day 1! #ICFP2018 is almost a go – we've been working furiously over the last couple of …

World Contraception Day 2018 in Ethiopia

Esayas Meskel Ethiopia, Population Dynamics

In partnership with Bayer, German-based multinational pharmaceuticals, the World Contraception Day (WCD) was commemorated on October 22nd 2018 at DSW Youth Development Training Center in Debrezeit (Bishoftu), Ethiopia. This year’s key message was “Your Life, Your Future.” A half-day occasion, which saw the attendance of about seventy enthusiastic in-and-out of school youth, was being spent on a panel discussion. Nearly …

The photo shows Shazline, a four-year-old Kenyan girl with braided hair, looking into the camera, wearing a bright pink jacket.

#RightByHer Photo Exhibition

Rena Föhr Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Every year we celebrate the International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development together with GIZ and amazing partners from all over the world. But this year, we had a premiere: our first international photo exhibition. The photo series Women of Kibera was developed by Brian Otieno in the context of our multi-partner campaign #RightByHer. Meet strong girls and women from age …

Are the SDGs boring? A guest post from Dance4Life

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

The Youth Meet-up in Brussels was organised by DSW, Dance4life and CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality on September 26-27 2018. On the second day, the workshop was hosted by members of the European Parliament, policy advisors, and with assistance from political groups in Brussels. Ten youth representatives from Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Netherlands and Georgia participated in the …

This picture shows two sisters hugging each other and smiling at the camera: on the left side, eight-year-old Lelise, on the right side, 15-year-old Seble.

International Day of the Girl: will these ambitious sisters realize their dreams?

Rena Föhr Ethiopia, Support for Girls in Development

A future pilot and a future lawyer? The sisters Seble and Lelise are self-confident girls who work hard for their future. With support and good policies, they could achieve their dreams – but there are also obstacles. When Lelise, 8, talks about her big sister Seble, she lightens up. “My sister is my tutor. She helps me a lot with …

International Day of the Girl: how Kindu saved his sisters from child marriage

Rena Föhr Ethiopia, Support for Girls in Development

Tomorrow is the International Day of the Girl! In the light of this important date, we will tell stories around girls’ realities, their potential and discriminations they face. Today, let’s start with the story of a true hero who stood up and did right by girls: Kindu Melkenew, 30, saved his youngest sisters from child marriage.  Kindu Melkenew, 30, from Ethiopia, …

Contraception is not just about sex – it’s about saving lives!

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

When I was growing up in Ireland, the sale and advertising of modern contraceptives was banned. As ridiculous as it sounds now, the only way to obtain modern contraceptives was to buy them illegally down dark corners in some of the more dodgy parts of Dublin. Yes, there was a black market for condoms! Fortunately things eased up over the …

DSW Youth Meet-Up 2018 – introducing our youth advocates!

Eoghan Walsh Economic Empowerment, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Last week we introduced our Youth Meet-up 2018 – our effort, alongside partners Dance4Life and CHOICE, to get youth voices heard in the hall of power in Brussels. We are kicking off our activities today, so it’s a good time to introduce our awesome youth advocates who will be in Brussels this week! We’re thrilled to have a broad mix …

DSW youth meet-up

Introducing DSW’s Youth Meet-up 2018!

Eoghan Walsh Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

DSW is big on youth and to show this we have teamed up with our partners to bring youth voices to the heart of power in Europe, with our Youth Meet-up 2018! Youth is, after all, right there in our logo! We are committed to the belief that “youth can”, and see the results every day in the projects that we …

DSW Tanzania showcases Youth Empowerment Centres (YEC) and Youth Clubs as “Safe Spaces for Youth”

Philomena Marijani Success Stories, Tanzania, Youth Empowerment

In Tanzania the national commemoration of International Youth Day   took place from August 10-12, 2018. August 10, 2018 was dedicated for the community services that include planting of trees and visiting stakeholders’ youth programmes that illustrate this year’s International Youth Day theme “Safe Spaces for Youth.”  On this day there were field site visits where different stakeholders from national and …

Fifteen years after the Maputo Protocol: Ground-breaking report provides pan-African review of women’s rights

Rena Föhr Development Cooperation, Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

While significant improvements have taken place, the implementation of continental commitments to women’s rights still lags behind. Berlin, September 4, 2018: Today sees the release of the digital version of the State of African Women report. This ground-breaking report delivers a full pan-African review of the current status of women’s and girls’ rights in SRHR and their ratification and domestication …

Euromapping 2018

Euromapping 2018 report – Global funding for family planning at risk from US withdrawal

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Euromapping 2018 report highlights the need for other global donors – the European Union and EU Member States – to increase their contributions to protect health of women and girls around the world. Brussels, August 29, 2018: The latest Euromapping 2018 report on global funding for family planning (FP) and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) highlights the US …