On January 12, it was announced that the 2018 Geuzen Medal will be awarded to Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. Princess Mabel van Oranje, Chair of Girls Not Brides, and Executive Director Lakshmi Sundaram, will be presented with the medal on March 13. The Geuzen Medal is awarded as a tribute to people and organisations working for human rights and who oppose dictatorship, discrimination and racism. Marrying for love is still not the most normal thing in the world in the 21st century. More than 700 million women alive today were married before the age of 18. Each year, 15 million girls are married and their youth comes to an abrupt end. This is unacceptable, according to Girls Not Brides; a partnership of approximately a thousand organisations in over 95 countries, united by a commitment to end child marriage and enable every girl to fulfil her potential.
Marvelous news! Today was announced that former Dutch minister of development, Lilianne Ploumen, is awarded the Machiavelli prize for SheDecides, a by her initiated movement. A well-deserved winner, we agee. SheDecides initiative helps women in developing countries who cannot provide in their need of birth control. The sudden stop on financing organisations that provide them with anticonception, access to safe abortions or sexual education was caused by reinstating the Global Gag Rule under president Trump. This US decision, would contribute to the big increase in unwanted and unsafe pregnancies and maternal mortality in the coming three years.
Access to affordable water is a human right. There has been increasing discussions about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since it was adopted by world leaders two years ago, aiming to end all forms of poverty. From multinational corporations to small and medium-sized companies, everyone is talking about their initiatives in tackling global issues. You might wonder, what are the problems really?
On November 23, Simavi’s WASH programme officer, Selma Hilgersom, will be attending The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases conference (ISNTD Water 2017) in London. She is there on behalf of Sightsavers and Simavi to give a joint presentation focusing on innovative approaches to preventing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), specifically trachoma. Selma gives a sneak preview of her presentation.
At Simavi, taking responsibility for demonstrating the impact of our work has always been one of the main drivers to achieve our goal: a healthy life for all. In the past few years, we have developed a comprehensive theory of change as the ultimate principle to ensure that we empower behavioural change widely and effectively. But in practice, how do we measure the effectiveness of our work? This is where evidence informed programming comes in.
To achieve a healthy life for all we work together to ensure that disadvantaged people in low- and middle-income countries practice healthy behaviours based on their own free and informed decisions.
Over this time, we have acquired an extensive body of knowledge on how to successfully develop and implement programmes to improve people’s health and rights – and we are still learning every day.Meet us here
Simavi aims to provide an integrated package of interventions best suited to the local context. We do that by strengthening the organisational, thematic and lobby & advocacy capacities of our local partner organisations. Our local partners empower people to improve their health through interventions related to all three components of our Theory of Change: informed decision-making, a supportive and enabling environment, and sustainable quality services.
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