How we will support voluntary family planning in the new year

Andreas Huebers Foster

Voluntary family planning is a human right. It means that every person has access to methods of contraception and can decide for themselves whether, with whom and when they want to start a family. However, this right is often not granted to women and girls in particular. Andreas Hübers, head of the DSW office in Berlin, writes about where he …

The Global Gag Rule – what it means for Kenyan women and girls

Evelyn Samba Foster

Two years after the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy – better known as the Global Gag Rule – what impact is it having on the lives of those people most reliant on external funding to access family planning services. Our Kenya Country Director Evelyn Samba, outlines the realities of the situation in Kenya. What will change? The reinstatement of …

World Contraception Day 2018 in Ethiopia

Esayas Meskel Foster

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 …

From DSW to Action 4 Health Uganda: interview with Bernard Tusiime

Eoghan Walsh Foster

New organisation meets personal success story: Dr. Bernard Tusiime, who joined DSW in 2006, is now the CEO of Action 4 Health Uganda. A4HU has taken over the operations of DSW Uganda, and remains affiliated to DSW in Germany. We asked Bernard three questions about his journey, lessons learned, and future dreams.   You joined DSW Uganda 12 years ago. …

Big, colourful, international: celebrating the launch of Action 4 Health Uganda

Rena Foehr Foster

IN COOPERATION WITH BERNARD TUSIIME / ACTION 4 HEALTH UGANDA Action 4 Health Uganda (A4HU) is a new youth empowerment organisation dedicated to mainstream young people’s engagement in socio-economic development and promoting sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR). It was registered as an entity to take over the operations of DSW Uganda, and remains affiliated to DSW in Germany. This …

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018

Kenya: Hasten provision of free sanitary towels to school girls

Collins Baswony Foster

By Evelyn Samba All Kenyan school girls to get free sanitary towels! The headlines rang in June 2017 after President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Basic Education (Amendment) Act of 2017. The law stated that the government has to provide “free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels to every girl child registered and enrolled in a public basic education institution who …

Hamza Ahmed, 76, Women's Rights Activist

What are my rights? Gender-based violence against women

Shane O'Halloran Foster

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 …

Lilian Mokobi, 24, with her baby in Kibera, Nairobi

What are my rights? Sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa

Shane O'Halloran Foster

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 …

Kenya: Female genital mutilation is detrimental to girls, women and communities, it must remain outlawed

Collins Baswony Foster

By Evelyn Samba Today, the United Nations will lead the world in commemorating the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, marked annually on the 6th of February. This commemoration comes hot on the heels of fresh debate about female genital mutilation and ongoing efforts to eliminate it in Kenya. This fresh debate came about following the recent …

New Faces at DSW – Evelyn Samba

Evelyn Samba Foster

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 Evelyn Samba, Country Director for DSW Kenya! Knowing that you were joining an SRHR advocacy organisation, what were your hopes? My hopes were that DSW would be a bold, trendsetter, fearless …

New Faces at DSW – Angela Bahr

Angela Baehr Foster

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 …

Intervention improves nutritional status of women and children

Kenya: Intervention improves nutritional status of women and children

Collins Baswony Foster

Moses Otieno* is a healthy two-year-old boy who does all the things a two-year-old boy should be doing: exploring, playing and being mischievous. But this was not always the case. In May 2017, Moses was suffering from acute severe malnutrition and could barely stand. His journey to recovery started following a visit by a community health volunteer, who visited his …