Yesterday was the keenly awaited general election in the Netherlands, when the country went to the polls to vote for a new government. We now enter an exciting and important time in which a new direction will be set for the Netherlands, both at home and abroad.
Innovation is a vital component of Simavi’s work if we want to achieve a Healthy Life For All. Between May and September 2016, Simavi and local partner MDM partnered with TTC Mobile to investigate the quality of health facilities of the Same region in Tanzania for the Mobile Mapping for Women’s Health project.
In the lead up to the Dutch elections in March 2017, the Politieke Sekswijzer was launched on February 14. It’s a voting guide that people can use to see which Dutch political party matches their personal opinion on issues including sexuality, birth control, international cooperation and gender equality. Simavi welcomes and supports this initiative of Rutgers, AMREF, WO = MEN and AIDS Fund.
Ralf Bodelier is a journalist and head of the World’s Best News movement in the Netherlands. In the lead up to the Dutch elections taking place in March 2017, Simavi asked him three questions.
Simavi recognises safe abortion as part of a comprehensive package for improving sexual reproductive health and rights that includes, amongst others comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and preventing unwanted pregnancies by increasing access to contraceptives. Safe abortion services and post-abortion care are essential elements of this package.
Fita Rizki Utami is the National Programme Coordinator of the Get Up, Speak Out (GUSO) programme in Indonesia. She was recently in the Netherlands for a meeting with fellow coordinators from other countries. Simavi spoke to her about empowering young people and the importance of partnerships and collaborations.
Kepher Ogalo is a youth peer provider in Kisumu, Kenya, and is trained and supported by Simavi partner KMET. Orphaned at an early age, his motivation to work for youth SRHR was sparked by personal circumstances and family experiences. We talked to him about his work.
Prakash Ghimire (24) is a Community Volunteer in Nepal’s Ilam Municipality. He works through our partner organisation SOLID, together with the Youth Information Centre, a leading local youth circle addressing sexuality and development issues. We spoke to him about his work.
Going for Gold, our women empowerment programme that aims at working towards women living in and around artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mines in Ghana and Tanzania, has been launched in Accra. The partnership programme, which consists of Simavi, Solidaridad and Healthy Entrepreneurs, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On World Toilet Day Simavi reflects on the fact that 1 in 3 people still do not have access to a toilet. And that more than 2,000 children still die every day as a consequence. Yet this problem is easily prevented. With the #doormijnbril campaign Simavi asks attention for this unseen tragedy.
On November 7 the national network Girls not Brides Netherlands was launched. Girls Not Brides the Netherlands was founded by thirteen Dutch organisations, including Simavi, which in turn work with dozens of partner organisations across Africa and Asia
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.