Last month, I was in New York to represent Simavi at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nationals (UN) Headquarters. The HLPF is an annual meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York where Ministers, delegates, UN representatives, (i)NGOs, researchers and other stakeholders come together to review the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was my first time attending a high level event like this at the UN HQ. Together with my colleagues I flew to New York with the task to promote menstrual health at the HLPF.
This July, the city of Amsterdam will host the 22nd International AIDS conference under the theme “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches especially to reach key populations in regions where epidemics are growing. Held on the sidelines of the AIDS Conference, an interactive event hosted by Simavi & Human Rights Tattoo on July 25th 2018 will unite people and organizations that care about Human Rights, and specifically Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRHR). Simavi & Human Rights Tattoo believe that SRHR are universal human rights that should be respected, protected and fulfilled.
Webinar 5 synopsis On July 11, 2018 Simavi and WSSCC hosted a panel discussion during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, about “Putting Menstrual Health on the 2030 Agenda.” This event was the 5th of a live webinar series related to menstrual health management and was attended by over 100 in person and online participants. The event was moderated by Hilda Alberda, Director PMEL and Menstrual Health Expert at Simavi and featured Dr. Inga Winkler, Lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, Irene Gai, Programme Coordinator at Kenya Water for Health, and Mahbuba Kumkum, Programme Manager Ritu at Simavi Bangladesh.
Lidwien Sol is an independent researcher from Maastricht University, collaborating with Simavi on the Ritu programme. Ritu, our menstrual health programme aims to improve the health, wellbeing, and social and economic participation of women and girls in the rural district of Netrokona, Bangladesh. Lidwien helped design the programme and publishes scientific articles to explain topics such as menstruation and the specific challenges that women face in accessing WASH. Lidwien also attended the Summer School in Development Economics in Prato (Italy) to give a lecture about the Ritu programme. We talked to Lidwien about her experiences and the context of her presentation.
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Chief Executive of the Water Supply Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
Mr. Parshahum Prasad
Head of Phadiya Panchayat, social worker (Rathura)
Dr. Chittarnajn Pankaj
Medical Officer, India