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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The Way She Tells The Truth.

Isn’t it odd when a man calls a woman crazy and hysterical when he tries to minimize her while all she does is expressing the fierce truth. In this world she is not safe. This world can’t keep her without harm. She is not crazy. She in fact is brave. And they tell her to […]

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