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Foreword

  1. 1. 2 Fore w ord © Andrea Kuenzig» Family planning is a human right. This means that all civil society groups, pledged 4.6 billion US Dollars people should have the right to decide when and to support the rights of an additional 120 million how many children they would like to have. However, women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to this basic human right is denied to people in many access to family planning by 2020. parts of the world. In fact, more than 220 million The “Rio + 20” Summit in June 2012 also reaffirmed women in low- and middle-income countries have the important role that family planning and women’s an unmet need for contraception. This often affects rights play in sustainable development. Prior to young people the hardest as complications during the Summit, DSW came together with its All Party pregnancy and childbirth are among the main causes Parliamentary Group and other international organi- of death for teenage girls. Teenage pregnancy also sations to ensure that issues of family planning and means the end of school or training for millions population dynamics were considered. With success: of young girls – forcing them into a vicious cycle of the Summit’s final document contained a special poverty and hardship. section on “Health and Population”. Recognising the need for action, the international It is essential that governments from industrialised community has placed the issue of family planning and low- and middle-income countries uphold their firmly back on the global agenda. In particular, the commitments and maintain family planning as a international family planning summit in July 2012 priority on their political agenda. To ensure that was a tremendous milestone for women’s rights and obligations have been fulfilled, DSW closely monitors young people. Representatives from governments, the progress of commitments made by the German international organisations, the private sector, and
  2. 2. Fore word 3 “During my visits to partner churches in Africa and Asia, women often tell me how truly awful being pregnant can be whenErhard Schreiber Renate Baehr there isn’t enough to provide for the rest of the family. Their one desire is freedom ofGovernment and other international donors, as well access to contraceptives so that they canas national governments in low- and middle-income choose for themselves when and how manycountries. children to have. DSW’s approach toFor more than twenty years DSW has sought toensure that family planning is recognised as a human these needs is vital in helping women takeright. Young people form the focus of this work. They control over their lives.”are not only the parents of tomorrow but also thekey for the future development of their countries – Prof. Margot Kaessmanninvesting in their health means investing in a better Ambassador for the Evangelical Church infuture. Germany for the Reformation Jubilee 2017 and Member of DSW’s Advisory BoardIn our youth clubs, young people learn from speciallytrained peer educators how to prevent unwantedpregnancies and better protect themselves frombecoming infected from HIV. This model is flexibleand changes according to the needs of our youthtarget group. In this way, we combine learning aboutsexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) »with a diverse range of other types of further edu-cation and training programmes. In July 2011, forexample, we started the project “Working Togetherfor Decent Work in East Africa” in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Contentsand Kenya, which aims at improving the lives of girlsand young women employed within the informalsector by offering them new perspectives and the Foreword 2possibility of a healthy and self-determined future. About DSW 4However, it’s not only our SRHR work with youngpeople that sets us apart. By applying an integrated DSW’s International Work 6 DSW in the Field 6project approach that brings together issues such Highlights 7as family planning, rainforest protection, and food Ethiopia 8security, DSW’s commitment and incredible success Kenya 9over the past twenty years have revealed solutions to Tanzania 10the global challenges of our time. In order to support Uganda 11the sustainability of our projects and ensure thatprospects for young people don’t diminish over Advocating for Change 12time, we will continue to develop and intensify our … in the South 12cooperation with local policy and decision-makers … at the International Level 14in the places where we operate. … at the EU Level 16None of this would have been possible without your DSW in Germany 18support. We thank you sincerely for all the trust andsupport you have shown us over the past year. Balance Sheet 20 Networks 24 Thank You 25 DSW’s Bodies 26Erhard Schreiber Renate Baehr »Chair, Board of Directors Executive Directorand Founder

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