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27 September 2017

Simavi at the EURONGOs 2017 Conference

As the Trump administration continues to impose drastic cuts in funding for reproductive health programmes and family planning, the support for populist movements continues to grow around the world. This political shift is particularly worrying for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) community as populism prioritises national self-interest over international cooperation and development aid. Simavi believes this will undermine the achievements (and attainment) of the Sustainable Development Goals, influence decisions taken at UN level and impact future funding.

With this in mind, we are looking forward to the 2017 EuroNGOs conference in Brussels this week, which Simavi’s SRHR Public Affairs Officer, Morillio Williams, and Managing Director, Ariette Brouwer will be attending. NGOs from all over Europe will come together for two days to discuss how to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, discuss key issues related to global policies and provoke conversations about the growing populism.

We are particularly looking forward to building resilient partnerships, as working in close partnerships with multiple stakeholders is a cornerstone of Simavi’s work and an integral part of our Theory of Change. By strengthening the capacity of institutions to work on SRHR, social inclusion and gender equality, we aim to improve reproductive health and rights of women and girls in developing countries, particularly in the poorest areas. Therefore, we were proud to have signed the joint statement on acces to safe and legal abortion globally, among 285 organisations from around the world, during the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Morillio Williams, Simavi’s SRHR Public Affairs Officer: ´EuroNGOs provides a platform for CSOs working on SRHR and other like-minded to come together and work to unravel political and financial implications and financial implications of the growing populism. We should act now!´

In this time of unprecedented change, the EuroNGOs conference will provide a high-level platform to explore how we can promote and protect SRHR in future years, within and beyond UN processes. We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge, expertise and experience with other NGOs and contributing to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide.

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