Lotte Rorije-Kuijer is Project Manager Water Supply at Witteveen+Bos. With 11 years of experience at this engineering consultancy, she has been involved amongst others in several water supply projects in Africa. Over the past years Simavi and Witteveen+Bos have collaborated and combined their expertise in different WASH programmes. We asked Lotte about this partnership.
Lambert Grijns is the Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) & HIV/AIDS and Director of the Social Development Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We talked to him about his motivation and achievements as well as his ambitions and the challenges he sees.
Last month Phase 1 of the Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme (GNWP) came to an end. To celebrate its successful implementation, a closing conference was held on June 26 in Accra to look bak at the results.
In the capital of Bangladesh, Dutch and Bangladeshi water utilities work together in the Water Operators Partnership. As member of this partnership, Simavi aims to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services and practices for 4,707 families in Dhaka’s slum areas.
From May 26 till June 8th the campaign 1WeekExtra takes place in the Netherlands. With this campaign Simavi,Rutgers and Women on Wings ask attention for our joint programme to improve the situation of menstruating girls and women in India.
This week Simavi launched a new campaign in the Netherlands to increase awareness about the importance of WASH and SRHR. The message is simple and clear: safe drinking water, hygiene, use of sanitary facilities and safe pregnancies are ‘the cure for poverty’. Because we can stop preventable diseases, reduce mortality and morbidity rates, and boost social and economic development, by tackling WASH and SRHR issues. Simavi believes that basic health is the first step out of poverty. People can only go to school, work and contribute positively to their community, when they’re healthy. That is why we are working towards making basic health accessible and available to all. Structurally.
Simavi is currently attending the Girls Not Brides Global Member Meeting in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the first meeting in its kind. From 18-22 May the conference will bring together the key members and stakeholders to strengthen the global Girls Not Brides partnership. 300 activists, experts and practitioners from 61 countries will explore how to accelerate efforts to end child marriage around the world. As one of the Girls Not Brides members, we are committed to end child marriage and enable girls to fulfill their potential. Together with the Dutch SRHR Alliance (Simavi, Amref, Choice, Dance4Life, Rutgers) and Edukans we also implement the Unite Against Child Marriage programme to empower girls and fight the practice of child marriage in India and Malawi.
The Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) forum openend in Maltha on 13 May 2015 and runs for five days. Young experts gather together in a learning environment to identify key issues affecting and concerning youth. Through workshops, discussions and training sessions, they discuss common challenges and priorities and decided on recommendations for action. The network has been created to provide a platform for young experts on a range of gender-related areas to develop knowledge in a variety of topics, including on various gender issues, on effective advocacy, and on further practical skills. Simavi’s Project Officer SRHR, Milena Bacalja Perianes, was selected as an Australian delegate and SRHR expert. You can find more information about the CYEN here.
After four years of budget cuts, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation has announced she wants to provide 30 million people with safe drinking water and 50 million people with sanitation. But are current investments sufficient to reach these new targets?
Last week was one of the most crucial weeks in the year for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights advocates around the world. During the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development, delegates from countries around the world discussed the integration of SRHR issues in the post-2015 development agenda. Read the latest updates from our colleagues Nienke Blauw and Lara van Kouterik on the wo=men blog and the FCI blog.