While it would be easy to simply report the positive results, taking a deeper look into the circumstances in which our local partners are working helps one to understand the urgency of the projects and appreciate the outstanding results they have achieved.
To what extent are we aware of the freedom and safety we have, when it comes to safe pregnancies? What if we couldn’t decide freely about a topic of such importance? These are 5 facts you probably didn’t know about (un)safe pregnancy and child-birth in the countries Simavi is working.
Menstruation and sexual health are taboo topics in Indonesia. A culture of silence contributes to a lack of knowledge on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). With ‘The Perfect Fit: A Smart Entry Point to Reshape Menstrual Health Management in Indonesia’, Simavi, Kopernik and AYO Indonesia are working together on designing and distributing reusable menstrual pads for women in Indonesia, as well as educating local communities about their rights. By using the product as development process, it can serve as an entry point to open up a dialogue about Menstrual Health.
You drop your bag and before you know it, your tampons roll across the floor for everyone to see. Do you feel ashamed? Maybe not, but if so, you will be surprised of how many women are still ashamed of their menstruation. Even in the Netherlands we do not always talk about it openly. We hide our tampons or sanitary napkins, secretly go to the toilet and pretend nothing is wrong. While your period is the most normal thing in the world.
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.
Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December every year. At Simavi, we are dedicated to achieving our vision – a healthy life for all. Therefore, we would like to share five aspects of human rights that we actively work to protect through our programmes.
At Simavi, taking responsibility for demonstrating the impact of our work has always been one of the main drivers to achieve our goal: a healthy life for all. In the past few years, we have developed a comprehensive theory of change as the ultimate principle to ensure that we empower behavioural change widely and effectively. But in practice, how do we measure the effectiveness of our work? This is where evidence informed programming comes in.
From October 16-20, the 2017 Water and Health Conference takes place at Chapel Hill in the United States. The conference, organised by The Water Institute at UNC, considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. Simavi is present to share our expertise and experience.
Journalist Paula Kragten is founder of and driving force behind Period, the online magazine about the menstrual cycle. She is author of the book ‘Beautiful red is not ugly’ and co-host of the Bloody Sunday Afternoon on October 8, as part of the Sustainable Week Utrecht. Simavi asked her three questions. Bottom line: why is menstrual awareness important in the Netherlands?
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.