Around the world, on the 16th of November, the websites of citizens’ movements and NGOs are going dark. Why? As an act of protest and solidarity; protest against the diminishing possibilities for making your voice heard as an active citizen or organization and to come together or debate peaceably. And in solidarity with those who cannot speak.
The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill is holding its annual Water and Health Conference from October 29–November 1, 2018. This week Simavi will attend the UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meet Policy. The UNC Water Institute’s annual event has grown to become one of the most important gatherings in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector held in the United States.
What appears as a tropical paradise to the eye, soon reveals itself as a place with one of Africa’s most worrying health conditions. Young girls are easily persuaded into unsafe sex what causes high numbers of HIV infections as well as unprecedented numbers of unintended (teen) pregnancies.
“People in our village think of girls as burden” says Sriti Kumari, 15 years old, from Deoghar, Jharkand, India. In Deoghar, the rate of child marriage is 52,7%. Our partner NEEDS is trying to Stop child marriage through the empowerment of adolescent girls, like Sriti.
Anniversaries tend to be moments of remembrance and/or celebration. And on the third anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it seems like we should all take a moment to remember the commitments made, as opposed to purely celebrating them.
A mapping study of social inclusive strategies and approaches in WASH programmes and projects of a selection of Dutch based and international organisations active in the WASH sector. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) and Simavi (Watershed) invite you to join a side event with a report launch on social inclusion, contributing to the global WASH goals of Leaving No One Behind, the World Water Week theme for 2019.
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Between October 2017 – March 2018, a study was conducted on national accountability mechanisms for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. This research was led by partners and members of organisations including Coalition Eau, End Water Poverty, Watershed Empowering Citizens Consortium, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) with the support of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA).
Just a few weeks ago leaders from all around the world came together at the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York to ask governments, donors and other stakeholders to increase their efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030. These goals were established by the UN in 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Current progress toward all 17 targets was discussed over two weeks at UN Headquarters, including a three-hour session on SDG 6, Water and Sanitation. The situation that emerged was troubling, posing the reflection whether we are on track to provide all citizens with clean water and safe sanitation by 2030.
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.
During the side-event we will discuss relevance and opportunities to advocate for MH. We will explore how to link international advocacy across sectors as well as how to link national advocacy to advocacy on a global level. We will share some good practices on advocacy on national level and identify opportunities to work together. The side event is organised by Simavi and WSSCC as an activity under the MH Alliance.
This week Simavi will attend the attend the High Political forum of the United Nations. The high-level political forum on sustainable development will meet from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018. 2018 HLPF reviews the implementation of SDG 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The 2030 Sustainable Agenda is universal and transformative for all Member States. It aims to end poverty in all its forms and “shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path”.
A special side event taking place at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2018. With the Watershed consortium Simavi will co-present the findings of a Global Study on National Accountability Mechanisms for SDG 6, conducted in 25 countries.
While it would be easy to simply report the positive results, taking a deeper look into the circumstances in which our local partners are working helps one to understand the urgency of the projects and appreciate the outstanding results they have achieved.
To what extent are we aware of the freedom and safety we have, when it comes to safe pregnancies? What if we couldn’t decide freely about a topic of such importance? These are 5 facts you probably didn’t know about (un)safe pregnancy and child-birth in the countries Simavi is working.
Menstruation and sexual health are taboo topics in Indonesia. A culture of silence contributes to a lack of knowledge on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). With ‘The Perfect Fit: A Smart Entry Point to Reshape Menstrual Health Management in Indonesia’, Simavi, Kopernik and AYO Indonesia are working together on designing and distributing reusable menstrual pads for women in Indonesia, as well as educating local communities about their rights. By using the product as development process, it can serve as an entry point to open up a dialogue about Menstrual Health.
You drop your bag and before you know it, your tampons roll across the floor for everyone to see. Do you feel ashamed? Maybe not, but if so, you will be surprised of how many women are still ashamed of their menstruation. Even in the Netherlands we do not always talk about it openly. We hide our tampons or sanitary napkins, secretly go to the toilet and pretend nothing is wrong. While your period is the most normal thing in the world.