Lotte Dijkstra (22) is the former Sexual and Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) Youth ambassador of the Netherlands. The position she held until September 2016 is part of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sanne Thijssen will take up the torch as the new SRHR Youth Ambassador, while Lotte will continue her work on SRHR as a member of CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, one of Simavi’s coalition partners in the SRHR Alliance.
Dr. Noor is Executive Director of the Population Services and Training Center (PSTC) in Bangladesh, one of Simavi’s implementing partners for the Unite for Body Rights (UBR) programme. At the end of September 2016, he hosted the visit of Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, to UBR. We talked to him about this visit and UBR in general .
At the end op September 2016, Hilda Alberda, Simavi’s Senior Programme Officer SRHR, visited our Making Periods Normal Programme in India. Together with Rutgers and Women on Wings, Simavi started implementing this programme two years ago with support of the National Postcode Lottery. After an impressive journey, Hilda shared some of the highlights of her field visit and the programme in this blog.
We have exciting news! Simavi.nl has been nominated for the Website of the Year Awards 2016. We are very happy with this nomination! Simavi.nl is an important tool for our communication and fundraising with the Dutch public.
In support of women’s right to safe abortion, September 28th 2016 is marked as the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. We talked to Women’s Promotion Centre (WPC) about it. WPC is one of Simavi’s local partners in Tanzania working on women’s rights, including sexual and reproductive rights.
Organisations and individuals from across the globe have called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and heads of UN agencies to make International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September, an official UN Day. As one of the signatories to the Open Letter to the UN, Simavi believes that lack of access to safe and legal abortion is a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s Sexual and Reproductive and Rights.
Léo Heller is UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. In May 2016, he invited a group of experts, including one of Simavi’s Programme Officers, to take part in an expert consultation on ‘Gender equality in the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation’. This provided input to his annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2016. We spoke to him about his focus on gender dimensions in realising the human right to water and sanitation.
We are proud to announce that our annual report has made it to the top 4 of the Dutch Transparency Prize. The ‘Transparant Prijs‘ is an initiative of PwC and awarded to socially relevant organisations that are most transparent in their reporting about their impact, results and what they stand for.
Pauline Eenhoorn is Simavi’s Director Communication & Fundraising. Her team was in the lead for the 2015 annual reporting process which resulted in a top 4 nomination of the Transparency Prize. The winner will be announced on September 28. We spoke with Pauline about this nomination.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to end poverty and hunger, realise universal human rights, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of every woman and girl, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. Our Public Affairs Officers shared their thoughts on achieving the global goals.
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.