Seema Gupta works at Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), a local partner of Simavi. As part of the More Than Brides Alliance, Simavi works together with VHAI to reduce child marriage and its adverse effects on young women and girls in India. Seema is the programme director of this programme, called Marriage: No Child’s Play programme. We spoke to her in the lights of the UN follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This week Simavi’s SRHR Public Affairs Officer, Morillio Williams, will be attending the 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. The HLPF is the UN’s central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this blog Morillio shares his views, expectations and reflections on the HLPF.
As well as studying Water Science and Management at Utrecht University, Irene Otieno is part of Simavi’s programme department on WASH Policy Influencing and Social Inclusion. Irene grew up in a village in Homabay county, Kenya, and she is fiercely committed to fighting the global water, sanitation and hygiene crisis by positively influencing WASH policy. We asked her three questions ahead of the forthcoming Global Citizens Festival, where she will share her personal story with the crowd.
On June 22nd the WASH Alliance International*, Plan and SNV received great news from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As the SDG WASH Consortium, we have been granted 56 million for our jointly developed Netherlands WASH SDG Programme. This consortium – lead by Simavi- is unique to the world, as it brings together almost the whole Dutch water sector in effectively and efficiently realising our goal to reach a sustainable improved WASH situation for all.
Menstruation is a natural and essential part of the reproductive cycle. However, in most parts of the world it remains a taboo subject that is rarely talked about. We talked to Pim van der Male, Senior Policy Officer WASH at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about this topic. What are his thought about menstrual hygiene management?
In January this year, Charlotte Luijendijk graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy. She started her graduation project with researching social inequalities, with a focus on menstruation. With this project, Charlotte hopes to contribute to ending the silence around menstruation, so that the discrimination associated with it stops and social equality is promoted.
WASH United and Simavi, in partnership with Global Citizen, launch the global Menstrual Hygiene Alliance (MH Alliance) to catalyse progress in menstrual hygiene and empower women and girls. By 2030, the MH Alliance wants menstruation to be a normal part of life that does not hold women and girls back in any way. While in some cultures the onset of menstruation is celebrated, in most countries around the world menstruation is still met with taboos and neglect.
‘We need She Decides now more than ever.’ That was Dutch development minister Lilianne Ploumen’s message on her return from a two-day working visit to Kenya, where she went to see several programmes working for sexual health, family planning and safe abortion. Including the Get UP Speak Out programme, a joint programme developed by Simavi, Rutgers (lead), CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Dance4life, Stop AIDS Now! And International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)). We talked to Ploumen about her field visit.
Together with Solidaridad and Healthy Entrepreneurs, Simavi has worked in the past year to set up the unique Going for Gold (GfG) programme and strengthen our partnership. In May 2017, the consortium published the programma’s annual report. The report highlights achievements, challenges, key findings and reflections from the GfG baseline study and lessons learned.
Simavi’s Programme Director, Ewout van Galen, is attending the 2017 Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-level Meetings (HLM) in Washington D.C. to represent European Civil Society Organisations. In a series of three blogs we will capture his views, expectations and reflections before, during and after, the HLM. In his final blog, Ewout reflects on his week in Washington.
During the SWA High-level Meetings in Washington D.C., Simavi spoke to Samson Shivaji, CEO of KEWASNET and Steering Committee member on behalf of the African CSOs. We were curious to hear his expectations and hopes for the future of WASH.
Simavi’s Programme Director, Ewout van Galen, is currently representing European Civil Society Organisations at the 2017 Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-level Meetings (HLM) in Washington D.C., USA. In a series of three blogs we will capture his views, expectations and reflections before, during and after, the HLM. In his second blog, Ewout shares his impressions of day one at the meetings.
The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) global partnership is holding the 2017 edition of its High-level Meetings (HLM) on 19-20 April in Washington DC, USA. These meetings offer unique opportunities to make significant progress towards cross-sector collaboration and achieving access to safe, reliable, and affordable water and sanitation for all. Simavi’s Programme Director, Ewout van Galen, will attend these High-level Meetings to share Civil Society Common Messages and represent the European Civil Society.
Simavi’s Programme Director, Ewout van Galen, will attend the 2017 Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-level Meetings (HLM) in Washington D.C. to represent the European Civil Society Organisations working on water, sanitation, and hygiene. In a series of three blogs we will capture his views, expectations and reflections before, during and after, the HLM.
This week Simavi and partners will attend the Pre-sessions ahead of the 27th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva. The UPR hearing is a process of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that involves a review of the human rights records of all 193 UN members states once every four year.
From 13-24 March, Simavi was among the many thousand attendees of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The conclusions which came out of this platform can be used by civil society actors to hold their governments’ accountable to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment.
World Water Day, which takes place every year on 22 March, focuses on taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, over 663 million people live without a safe water supply close to home, who are forced to spend countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and cope with the health impacts of using contaminated water. Simavi spoke to Lonneke Craemers, Director of Dopper Foundation, about this year’s theme: wastewater.
Simavi will be joining the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to ensure that issues relevant to our work, and the Going for Gold programme in particular, are taken along in the negotiations and the outcome documents.