Guilty sadness sprinkled with apathy – a love story

I'm feeling sad. Again. And guilty for feeling sad (hello darkness my old friend). Remember my post - of now more than three years ago - about, ironically, how time flies and we drive ourselves mad by the need to be "better"? I remember feeling many feelings, all the feelings, while thinking, writing and giving myself …

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An island full of colours: celebrating equality & diversity in Ibiza

Ibiza, the island widely known for its extravagance, beauty and colours, cannot be absent in the celebration of Pride. As in the years before, Ibiza shone bright to celebrate its love for everyone and to provide, in particular, a spotlight for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex inhabitants. While we take these rights for …

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Leadership in a changing society: Where are the women?

The 2018 Global Gender Gap of the World Economic Forum makes it painfully clear that, when it comes to female political and economic leadership, we still have a long way to go. Gender disparity in economic participation is currently at 41.9% and in political empowerment this even gets to 77.1%. While we are almost closing …

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The gender struggle across continents – a focus on Latin America and Europe

The fight for gender equality has always featured prominently in human rights movements, both in the Latin American and Caribbean region and in Europe. Especially in the last few decades, enormous progress has been made. For example, in most countries in these regions, women have reached equal or even higher educational achievements compared to men, …

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Radical empathy: understanding the similarities in the Black Pete debate & the rise of Trump

Like many others with me, I am still processing the news of a Trump presidency – and I wonder if I ever truly will. I wasn’t so much surprised of the outcome, but I wasn’t ready for the intense sadness and grieve coming with it. I can’t even imagine what it must be like for …

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Het specifiek kader van geweld tegen vrouwen

"Het gaat om een aantal basisregels hoe de algemene en seksuele omgang in de westerse wereld gebeurt. Het gaat dan over het feit dat het normaal is dat vrouwen hier gaan werken en stemmen. Maar er wordt ook uitgelegd dat vrouwen hier kort gekleed op straat kunnen lopen en dat je vrouwen niet zomaar mag betasten. …

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