Last month, I was in New York to represent Simavi at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nationals (UN) Headquarters. The HLPF is an annual meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York where Ministers, delegates, UN representatives, (i)NGOs, researchers and other stakeholders come together to review the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was my first time attending a high level event like this at the UN HQ. Together with my colleagues I flew to New York with the task to promote menstrual health at the HLPF.
This week Simavi will attend the attend the High Political forum of the United Nations. The high-level political forum on sustainable development will meet from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018. 2018 HLPF reviews the implementation of SDG 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The 2030 Sustainable Agenda is universal and transformative for all Member States. It aims to end poverty in all its forms and “shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path”.
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.