Menstruation is a natural and essential part of the reproductive cycle. However, in most parts of the world it remains a taboo subject that is rarely talked about. We talked to Pim van der Male, Senior Policy Officer WASH at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about this topic. What are his thought about menstrual hygiene management?
In January this year, Charlotte Luijendijk graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy. She started her graduation project with researching social inequalities, with a focus on menstruation. With this project, Charlotte hopes to contribute to ending the silence around menstruation, so that the discrimination associated with it stops and social equality is promoted.
Simavi and WASH United, with support from Global Citizen, launch the global Menstrual Hygiene Alliance (MH Alliance) to catalyse progress in menstrual hygiene and empower women and girls. By 2030, the MH Alliance wants menstruation to be a normal part of life that does not hold women and girls back in any way. While in some cultures the onset of menstruation is celebrated, in most countries around the world menstruation is still met with taboos and neglect.
‘We need She Decides now more than ever.’ That was Dutch development minister Lilianne Ploumen’s message on her return from a two-day working visit to Kenya, where she went to see several programmes working for sexual health, family planning and safe abortion. Including the Get UP Speak Out programme, a joint programme developed by Simavi, Rutgers (lead), CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Dance4life, Stop AIDS Now! And International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)). We talked to Ploumen about her field visit.
From 13-24 March, Simavi was among the many thousand attendees of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The conclusions which came out of this platform can be used by civil society actors to hold their governments’ accountable to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Simavi will be joining the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to ensure that issues relevant to our work, and the Going for Gold programme in particular, are taken along in the negotiations and the outcome documents.
Yesterday was the keenly awaited general election in the Netherlands, when the country went to the polls to vote for a new government. We now enter an exciting and important time in which a new direction will be set for the Netherlands, both at home and abroad.
Innovation is a vital component of Simavi’s work if we want to achieve a Healthy Life For All. Between May and September 2016, Simavi and local partner MDM partnered with TTC Mobile to investigate the quality of health facilities of the Same region in Tanzania for the Mobile Mapping for Women’s Health project.