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.
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.