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 …

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 …

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, …

Best moments of the Africa Regional Dialogue: Bob Marley stands #RightByHer

Rena Föhr Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health

No Woman No Cry: improving the situation of women was the main goal of the Africa Regional Dialogue 2018. More than 150 state and non-state actors united in Nairobi to discuss a new in-depth report, titled ‘State of African Women’. Focusing on 4 rights areas, the report is the informative key piece of the #RightByHer communications campaign. View the best moments …

These people will give you hope and inspiration: meet activists from the European Development Days

Rena Föhr Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

What can you learn from a 78-year-old Peruvian activist, a young biomedical scientist from Nigeria, and a child marriage survivor from Uganda? At the European Development Days, we talked and listened to them to find out. BY RENA FÖHR & ALICE BRIDGWOOD Mamá Lucinda, Peru While others retire, Lucinda Terrazas is busy building her dream.  The 78-year-old Peruvian is a …