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16 February 2017

Simavi supports the Politieke Sekswijzer

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.

Fortunately for men and women in the Netherlands, it’s easy to make choices about sexuality and reproductive health. But this is not the case for everyone in the world, which is why it’s vital that governments keep SRHR high on their political agenda and continue to invest in it. This is especially relevant with Donald Trump’s recent reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule that stops US federal funding for NGOs in foreign countries that provide abortion services or abortion advocacy. Many women and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health services are potentially in jeopardy.

We cannot allow this to happen. Simavi works towards a healthy life for all. To achieve this, we work to ensure that disadvantaged people in low- and middle-income countries practice healthy behaviours based on their own free and informed decisions. Therefore, we were proud to sign the CSO statement supporting the #SheDecides Global Fundraising Initiative led by the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Lilianne Ploumen. This movement has inspired people across the world to join forces to ensure that millions of women and girls continue to be in charge of their own bodies.

As The Netherlands prepares to make its voice heard in the March elections, we ask you to remember that together, we can make a difference!

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