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.
Sanne Thijssen is the Sexual and Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) Youth ambassador of the Netherlands. Since September 2016, she is raising the voice of youth, to ensure better access to SRHR information and services. We talked to Sanne about her work and views.
We are delighted to announce that Simavi has been granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The ECOSOC grants special consultative status to CSOs like Simavi whose programmes are of direct relevance to the aims and purpose of the United Nations. Our new status grants us access to UN bodies and will allow us to engage decision-makers at the highest global level.
Seema Gupta works at Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), a local partner of Simavi. As part of the More Than Brides Alliance, Simavi works together with VHAI to reduce child marriage and its adverse effects on young women and girls in India. Seema is the programme director of this programme, called Marriage: No Child’s Play programme. We spoke to her in the lights of the UN follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This week Simavi’s SRHR Public Affairs Officer, Morillio Williams, will be attending the 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. The HLPF is the UN’s central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this blog Morillio shares his views, expectations and reflections on the HLPF.
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.
WASH United and Simavi, in partnership with 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.