New Guttmacher Study: Better Access, Improved Support, More Research!

Lisa Trujillo Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Time is ticking, fast, particularly for very young adolescents aged 10-14 years old. This is a stage in life that is characterised by rapid physical changes, such as the onset of puberty. It also includes very dynamic social and emotional situations that include first-time intimate and sexual experiences for some, as found in a recent study conducted by the Guttmacher …

I am not going to talk about it

Shane O'Halloran Global Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Today, on the occasion of the release of the latest WHO annual World Health Statistics report, I have decided that I am not going to talk about: The fact that more than 3,000 young adolescents die every single day from causes that are largely preventable. The fact that the leading cause of death for girls and young women aged 15–19, …

Women Deliver 2016 Postscript – FP Voices

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

Listen to our interview about FP Voices here! We are a week after Women Deliver, and still recovering. It was an intense several days in Copenhagen, and I was lucky to meet and talk with some fascinating young leaders and advocates pushing forward gender equality and sexual and reproductive health in sometimes difficult situations. In case you have not already, …

UN Women for International Women’s Day: “It’s all about implementation!”

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Support for Girls in Development

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016, we talked to the director of UN Women’s office in Brussels, Dagmar Schumacher, about reaching gender equality by 2030, the HeForShe campaign, and how Europe can lead the way in empowering women and girls DSW: We are six months on from the agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals in New York last year in …

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 …

#16Days: Activism Against Gender Based Violence – despatch from Kenya

Halima Abba Ali Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

“From peace in the home to peace in the world: Make education safe for all”  2015 marks the 24th year of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence began on the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and ended on the International …

DSW Tanzania: Women and Girls Information Resource Centre Launched!

Diana Shuma Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

“From I can’t to I can’’ these were words of excitement said by Ms Dora Msuya from Mto Simba Women Group during the official embedding of Women and Girls Information Resources Center into local authority, in Monduli district. During the month of November, DSW through the Women and Girls’ Empowerment (WOGE) project has embedded the Women Information center activities into …

EU Development Ministers Endorse Gender Action Plan – sustained support now needed

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Support for Girls in Development

DSW welcomes the adoption today by Development Ministers of strong conclusions on the EU’s new Gender Action Plan 2016-2020. Meeting in Luxembourg, EU Development Ministers today endorsed the new Gender Action plan, which was published as a joint Staff Working Document by the European Commission and the European External Action Service in September 2015.

EU Girls Week – a story from Mozambique

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

For the European Week of Action for Girls, we are delighted to showcase success stories from around the world. Here, in a guest post, our friends at UNIDO introduce us to two young women from Mozambique. Read on! Introducing Vilma and Valeria, 27, beneficiaries of the programme in Mozambique Activity: Sewing, production of clothes, bags and necklaces in capulana Vilma …

Financing for Development – a review of FFD3 in Addis

Peter Ngure Development Cooperation, Global Health, Support for Girls in Development

Convening for the Financing for Development conference, in the middle of July leaders from all over the world were meeting here in Addis Ababa. There were many hot topics on the agenda; was about tax, illicit flow of money, gender and health financing, whether female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriages are a global problem, and whether goal 17 needs …

World Population Day 2015: taking stock of the MDGs (part 1)

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Each year in July when World Population Day comes around, we at DSW like to take stock of the situation of the people living in some the world’s poorest countries. In particular, we want to see how the young men and women that we work with on a day-to-day basis in East Africa – supported them to be empowered and …

An emerging EU position on SRHR and gender

Cecile Vernant Development Cooperation, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

On Tuesday May 26th, after months of coordination hours of difficult negotiations between the foreign affairs ministers, the Council of the European Union finally released these long awaited Conclusions not only on post 2015 development agenda but also on Gender in development. While most of the attention of the development community and the media was drawn to the Conclusions on …

Discussing EU development policy with ACP-EU Members of Parliament

Andreia Oliveira Development Cooperation, Global Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

The 28th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly was the first opportunity to engage with new Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, after the elections in last May. As part of the Steering Committee of the CONCORD Cotonou Working Group, I actively helped putting together a lunch debate and participated as a panellist …

An Unfinished Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Occasionally we host guest editorials for partners and colleagues from across the global health community that strike a chord with us at DSW. Our Executive Director, Renate Baehr, is in New York this week for the UN General Assembly, as a member of the High-level Task Force for the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development …

Post-2015, the MDGs and Health – a lot done, more to do!

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Every so often, to give a voice to other people and other perspectives, DSW is delighted to host contributions on the blog from partner organisations. It gives us and our partners a chance to start a conversation on issues that are important for us. The opinions expressed in guest blogs do not necessarily reflect those of DSW. This week, Marielle …