Today, the 2nd of March is SheDecidesDay. On this day the SheDecides movement takes over the world and organises as well as showcases events to show solidarity and strength by demonstrating individual and collective commitment to women’s rights.Real Dutch courage SheDecides was initiated at the start of 2017 by then Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and International Development, Lilianne Ploumen, in response to US president Donald Trump reinstatement and expansion of the so called “global gag rule”. This rule prevents NGO’s outside the United States from receiving American government funding when providing safe abortions or even spreading information about abortions. The rule has had devastating effects on women and girls around the world, as funding was already insufficient in regard to receiving proper sexual health education, or safe ways to terminate a pregnancy. This violation of women’s rights prompted then Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and International Development, Lilianne Ploumen, along with her Danish, Swedish and Belgian colleagues to launch SheDecides to defend these fundamental rights. They were quickly joined by other organisations and governments and became the rallying call to stand up to protect the health and safety of women and girls worldwide. SheDecides Day Now, every year on March 2nd, SheDecides Day takes over the world and organises events to show solidarity and strength by demonstrating individual and collective commitment to women’s rights. This year’s theme is #NewNormal. The #NewNormal is a world where women and girls decide about their bodies and their lives. Where women are free from judgement, fear and violence for taking control of their own future.SheDecides is represented by many across the globe, such as the SheDecides Champions[KdM1] and the 25x25 Generation of Equality. These women represent a country, organisation, or just themselves. They will continue to stand out, speak up and help women everywhere protect their rights. Read more about the movement on shedecides.com.Orange Knowledge contributions Nuffic supports this cause through the Orange Knowledge Programme in which Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights is a priority theme. For instance a project focused on the garment-sector in Bangladesh. Through a partnership between the Directorate General of Family Planning of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), researchers looks at daily circumstances of workers, considered the effects of programme interventions and recognised that sexuality, gender, and ethnic identity shape SRH practices. Young women working in this sector often faced problems relating to gender inequality and taboos around sexuality. To create enabling conditions for garment workers to exercise their SRHR, this project will - amongst others - intervene by providing tailor-made innovative SRHR education to future workers.Find out more about this project through the programme update below:STITCH: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for garment sectorMore information and like-minded students and alumni can also be found in the SRHR community on hollandalumni.nl: www.hollandalumni.nl/srhr.
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The Netherlands and Indonesia continue cooperation on coastal protection and urban resilience