Onrecht om van te janken. {Dutch}

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” ~ Audre Lorde  Nog krap een week en we komen aan bij de langste dag van het jaar. Er valt bar weinig…

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Het vrouwenlichaam: altaar, strijdtoneel en gevangenis {Dutch}.

Vandaag is het Internationale Vrouwendag… Het vrouwenlichaam wordt aanbeden, bevochten en verguisd en is nog al eens onderwerp van discussie, in het bijzonder de imperfecties ervan. Te dik, te dun, te oud, te jong, te lang, te kort, te hoekig, te rond, te veel van dit, te weinig van dat. Vulva in close-up Niet alleen…

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Why real environmentalists urgently need to talk about diet {Editor’s Pick on Elephant Journal}.

It’s rather sad and kind of ironic: we can plant trees, cross the Atlantic by sailboat, march the streets, rebel against extinction, pray for the flaming Amazon we observe in horror and grieve, but still be contributing to environmentally harmful and corrupt businesses which are supported by governments. For the past weeks, like so many…

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These philosophical words about our planet we all should cherish.

Words can be so powerful, truthful and consoling. They change the way we look at things, they change the way we see our existence. This unforgettable speech by scientist Carl Sagan is something I truly adore and every now and then I listen to it on youtube. It makes me feel both humble and magical.…

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“Will You Witness Me?” Spreading understanding through poetry and human rights advocacy.

The world needs the poets, artists, musicians, painters, writers and photographers to help us witnessing and understanding the suffering in the world. Especially the pain of “forgotten people in forgotten places”.

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Column Helden en Zondaars in Metro Nieuws {Dutch}

Helden en zondaars. De laatste weken denk ik veel aan deze twee mensen. Ik heb hen nooit ontmoet. En zij elkaar ook niet. Misschien hebben ze van elkaar gehoord, zoals ik over hen gehoord heb. Terwijl ik de ochtendzon op mijn huid voel, fiets ik over zanderige paadjes, de wind wapperend door mijn haar en vraag…

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A Woman’s Work: Free Nasrin Sotoudeh & the Girls of Revolution Street.

Iran’s renowned human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has defended the “Girls of Revolution Street” has been arrested. Again. 5 years ago I was part of Amnesty International’s campaign to free Nasrin Sotoudeh. A brave lawyer known for defending political activists, journalists, minors sentenced to death and, since december last year, the Iranian women who…

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Liberation Day

5 May 2018 Today it’s Liberation Day in The Netherlands. It’s the day that announced the end of the Nazi German occupation in the Netherlands during WWII. Liberation day is the day after Remembrance Day, when the Dutch remember the victims of wartime violence. Although I have never experienced a life in war and violence,…

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Buenos días hermosa playita. 

    On mornings like these I feel the richest woman in the world. This is our home. Here you see beautiful pictures of Cala Tarida’s beach on Ibiza of today, March 7. It’s almost too good to be true, right? Nothing is what it seems.. Like many pictures you see on social media, showing you…

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