Sanne Thijssen is the Sexual and Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) Youth ambassador of the Netherlands. Since September 2016, she is raising the voice of youth, to ensure better access to SRHR information and services. We talked to Sanne about her work and views.
We are delighted to announce that Simavi has been granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The ECOSOC grants special consultative status to CSOs like Simavi whose programmes are of direct relevance to the aims and purpose of the United Nations. Our new status grants us access to UN bodies and will allow us to engage decision-makers at the highest global level.
The 40th WEDC International Conference will take place on July 24 – 28 at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. The WEDC is a comprehensive and interactive learning event that provides continued professional development for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector professionals. This year’s theme is ‘Local Action with International Cooperation to Improve and Sustain Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services’.
Simavi’s Programme Manager SRHR, Marlijn Lelieveld, and SRHR Public Affairs Officer, Morillio Williams, attended the 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Developement in New York. On July 19 the HLPF 2017 came to an end. We reflect on this week with Marlijn and Morilllio.
Jennifer Amadi works as Advocacy Advisor at African Youth Initiative on Population, Health & Development (AfrYPoD). Together with Simavi’s Public Affiars Officer Morillio Williams, Jennifer is co-chair of the RHSC Youth Caucus. The Youth group aims to increase access to reproductive health supplies by making available research and data on youth contraceptives and other maternal health supplies needs, and also to strengthen young people’s engagement and participation within the Coalition.We spoke to Jennifer about the Youth Caucus Key Messages during the High Level Political Forum in New York.
Together with Solidaridad and Healthy Entrepreneurs, Simavi started the Going for Gold programme to address women’s economic empowerment in the small-scale mining sector. This 5-year programme aims to improve the health and economic opportunities for women living in and around artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities in Western Region, Ghana, and Geita district, Tanzania. We asked Martha Jerome, from Tanzania three questions about this topic.
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.