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9 January 2018

Lilianne Ploumen wins Machiavelliprijs for SheDecides

Marvelous news! Today was announced that former Dutch minister of development, Lilianne Ploumen, is awarded the Machiavelli prize for SheDecides, a by her initiated movement. A well-deserved winner, we agee.

SheDecides initiative helps women in developing countries who cannot provide in their need of birth control. The sudden stop on financing organisations that provide them with anticonception, access to safe abortions or sexual education was caused by reinstating the Global Gag Rule under president Trump. This US decision, would contribute to the big increase in unwanted and unsafe pregnancies and maternal mortality in the coming three years.



To do something about this, Ploumen initiated SheDecides. A global fundraising initiative to provide women and girls from all over the world with access to family planning services and tools. “Within less than six weeks, we created a global movement of countries, funds and individuals”. SheDecides became a huge and sudden success and raised close to 400 million euros over the last year.

The Machiavelli prize is awarded to the person or organisation that has excelled in the area of public communication. In particular, the jury praised the speed at which SheDecides was set up and went global.

Simavi congratulates Lilianne Ploumen with winning this international prize and her contribution to the rights of women and girls worldwide. Read more here.

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