Roel Blesgraaf is Simavi’s Public Affairs Officer WASH. At the end of this month he will attend World Water Week in Stockholm (august 28- september 2), the most important water issues event in the year. Prior to his visit, we talked with him about the right to water and sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Simavi’s project proposal ‘Raising Voices for Better Choices: Tracking quality by youth, for youth’ is awarded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Innovation Challenge. Our idea was chosen as one of the five winners for a grant which will enable us to implement this project in Malawi.
This year Simavi began a new Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) programme in Bangladesh: Ritu. The goal is to improve menstrual hygiene management for girls at school, by raising awareness of menstruation, increasing access to sanitary pads, supporting the construction of MHM-friendly toilets, and addressing taboos surrounding the issue.
Samwel Jakinda is the Programme Manager of Neighbours Initiative Alliance (NIA), one of Simavi’s local partner organisations in Kajiado, Kenya. NIA is one of over 100 partners worldwide that we work together with in the WASH Alliance International to accelerate WASH and realise sustainable access to water and sanitation for everyone.
Mr. Stephen J. Kiberiti is the Head of water safety, food safety and environmental sanitation of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, elderly and children of Tanzania. We spoke to Mr. Kiberti at the 6th African Water Week, 18 – 22 July 2016 in Dar es Salaam, where we questioned him about WASH in Health and why this is such an important issue.
Simavi’s Public Affairs Officer WASH Roel Blesgraaf with Jane Nabunnya Mulumba (IRC Uganda) and Elynn Walter (IRC) co-authored a blog for watershed.nl during the pre- 6th Africa Water Week Africa Civil Society Forum
Margo Bakker is the Alliance Officer of the Unite for Body Rights Programme (UFBR)/Access, Knowledge and Services Program (ASK). The UFBR programme was started by the SRHR Alliance (Simavi, Rutgers WPF, AMREF Flying Doctors, Dance4Life and CHOICE) in 2011. In 2013, two more NGOs and their partners joined to form the Youth Empowerment Alliance and developed the ASK programme. We talked to Margo at the Young & In Control event.
Today, the House of Representatives of the Dutch Parliament organises a hearing on the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and climate change. Simavi’s Public Affairs Officer WASH, Roel Blesgraaf, is invited to explain the role and importance of WASH in this debate.
Hilda Alberda is one of Simavi’s Senior SRHR Programme Officers and an expert on Menstrual Hygiene Management. She has been invited by Léo Heller, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, to take part in an expert consultation on ‘Gender equality in the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation’. Together with a group of experts, Hilda will discuss topics such as menstruation, specific challenges that women face in accessing WASH, and how to combat gender-based violence related to water and sanitation – in short, a lot of issues close to Simavi’s heart.
Last year we said we would choose optimism: what a rewarding choice this turned out to be. Several major programmes ended in December and we have been developing and securing funding for new ones. All while maintaining our ongoing efforts in the field, advocating at international and national levels, and taking strategic steps to maximise our impact. Have a look at our annual report that provides a detailed record of our work, achievements and finances in 2015.
‘Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere’ is this year’s theme of Menstruation Hygiene Day. And it matters to MKAJI and UMATA partners as well. They join hands to break the silence surrounding menstruation, creating awareness on the importance of proper menstrual hygiene management.
This month Simavi’s managing director, Ariette Brouwer was interviewed for Management Scope magazine. Here are some highlights from the text that give a few insights into her background and where she wants to take Simavi in the future.
More than 4000 SRHR experts from all around the world will unite at the world’s largest conference on the health rights and wellbeing of girls and women: Women Deliver. Simavi will share its expertise, knowledge and experience on SRHR in general and more specifically on Menstrual Hygiene Management.
The WASH Alliance International is a multi-national consortium of over 100 partners worldwide. Since 2011 the Alliance is working together with local NGOs, governments and businesses to make sure everyone on this planet has sustainable access to water and sanitation. As lead agency in the WASH Alliance International, Simavi is proud to present the results of the WASH Alliance programme 2011 – 2015.
A quarter of all deaths of children under the age of five in Ghana are attributable to diarrhoeal diseases linked to polluted water and poor hygiene. Only one in eight families can access a basic hygienic toilet and many people defecate in gutters, streams, or behind a bush.
During the 49th session of the Conference on Population and Development (CPD) in New York, the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) officially launched the National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database. We spoke with Meghan Doherty and Neha Sood, Policy and Advocacy officers Action Canada and SRI, about the importance of this database and how it could support local communities to improve their sexual rights.