Advocacy is an integral part of Simavi’s Theory of Change and involves holding local, regional and national governments accountable, advocating for budget, policy or legal changes and engaging in international networks together with our partners.
Dick van Ginhoven is Senior Advisor Water and Sanitation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2016, he attended the World Water Week in Stockholm where Global Citizens handed over their petition to make the Dutch commitment on WASH a reality. Simavi supports this action and spoke to Dick van Ginhoven about it.
Lambert Grijns is the Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) & HIV/AIDS and Director of the Social Development Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We talked to him about his motivation and achievements as well as his ambitions and the challenges he sees.
Léo Heller is UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. In May 2016, he invited a group of experts, including one of Simavi’s Programme Officers, to take part in an expert consultation on ‘Gender equality in the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation’. This provided input to his annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2016. We spoke to him about his focus on gender dimensions in realising the human right to water and sanitation.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to end poverty and hunger, realise universal human rights, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of every woman and girl, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. Our Public Affairs Officers shared their thoughts on achieving the global goals.
Together with 25 civil society organisations, Simavi welcomes Minister Ploumen’s new commitment on WASH and proposes a number of recommendations that will be fundamental for the successful implementation of this commitment.
Mrs Maloni Murmu
Political in charge on block level (Palajori-Birajpur)
Chief Executive of the Water Supply Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
Catarina de Albuquerque
Vice-Chair, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)