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.
We are proud to announce that our annual report 2015 has made it to the top 4 of the Dutch Transparency Prize. The ‘Transparant Prijs‘ is an initiative of PwC and awarded to socially relevant organisations that are most transparent in their reporting about their impact, results and what they stand for.
Pauline Eenhoorn is Simavi’s Director Communication & Fundraising. Her team was in the lead for the 2015 annual reporting process which resulted in a top 4 nomination of the Transparency Prize. The winner will be announced on September 28. We spoke with Pauline about this nomination.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to end poverty and hunger, realise universal human rights, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of every woman and girl, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. Our Public Affairs Officers shared their thoughts on achieving the global goals.
Roel Blesgraaf is Simavi’s Public Affairs Officer WASH. At the end of this month he will attend World Water Week in Stockholm (august 28- september 2), the most important water issues event in the year. Prior to his visit, we talked with him about the right to water and sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Simavi’s project proposal ‘Raising Voices for Better Choices: Tracking quality by youth, for youth’ is awarded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Innovation Challenge. Our idea was chosen as one of the five winners for a grant which will enable us to implement this project in Malawi.
This year Simavi began a new Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) programme in Bangladesh: Ritu. The goal is to improve menstrual hygiene management for girls at school, by raising awareness of menstruation, increasing access to sanitary pads, supporting the construction of MHM-friendly toilets, and addressing taboos surrounding the issue.