COVID-19 and the related measures such as lock-downs will disproportionally affect women and have an impact on gender equality and the fulfilment of women’s rights. Our Theory of Change and expertise areas enable us to respond effectively to COVID-19 and the impact on women’s right to health.
In a joint appeal, Simavi and over forty development, human rights and emergency aid organisations argue that support for developing countries and civil society organisations in those countries should be part of the Dutch government’s emergency measures to combat COVID-19. We are concerned about the lack of international coordination and solidarity in combating the corona crisis. Although most developing countries are currently only at the beginning of the pandemic, most do not have a high-quality health care system. In addition, measures in some countries threaten to work against people and increase existing inequalities.
The restrictions we face have a huge impact on our programmes, which are mostly built around group meetings and community interactions, and most activities have been put on hold whilst at the same time we are reviewing and adapting to the new situation.
The film – directed by Jerry de Mars - depicts a reality of a world that for us seems fictional. Confronted by the poverty and gender-inequality that haunt our golden jewellery, viewers are persuaded to ask the same questions about the origin of our gold as that we ask about our coffee and chocolate.
In 2016, Simavi joined forces with TNO and various other partners to form Ritu: a public/private partnership aimed at improving menstrual health and awareness in Bangladesh. As the programme draws to a close, all participants agree: the programme achieved incredible results in its short existence and the lessons learned and partnerships formed are certain to have a long-lasting effect on everyone involved. Read more about Ritu
Today Simavi and her partners Wateraid, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), and Marie Stopes International (MSI) presented a paper on exploring the links between WASH and SRHR in comprehensive and integrated policy and programming in low and middle-income countries. Download paper: A shared agenda
This week Simavi is at Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. Check out our schedule for the week, and some supporting documents on the work we do for the health of women and girls.
By Simavi, partner of WASH Alliance International, for the WASH SDG Programme From 25 to 29 of March, 5 Country Coordinators and 4 Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) officers from 5 countries came to Amsterdam to discuss the WASH Alliance International (WAI) sub-programmes under the WASH SDG Programme.