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Bystander Intervention Lost in Translation – (mis)Steps Towards Safer AZCs

Harassment, discrimination, intimidation and (sexual) violence are only some of the issues a person living in a Dutch Asylum Seekers Center (AZC) is subjected to while waiting for their legal status to be approved or denied. A great deal of everyday interactions are very complex and influenced by multiple factors and therefore there is no …

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Photo project Let's Talk Safett

A change is needed: refugees speak up about safety in Dutch Asylum Centers (AZCs)

Discrimination, harassment and gender-based violence are persistent issues lurking in the shadows of the Dutch asylum system.  In response to these issues, and their underrepresentation in policies and research, Fairspace, with funding from Share-Net International, initiated the Let’s Talk Safety project to work towards integrating the perspectives of asylum seekers and refugees into the policies …

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Interview with Gabrielle Claushuis: “MyGappie [app] enhances the feeling of safety in public spaces”

  Gabrielle and I meet on a zoomcall. As a Fairspace volunteer, I’m intrigued by her new app called MyGappie The app enhances the feeling of safety in public spaces, and is named after both her nickname (Gab), as well as the Dutch word ‘Gappie’, which means buddy. In the time I’ve known her she …

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Passing the mic to male allies against gender-based violence

For 2020’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, Fairspace launched our bold “Passing the Mic” campaign, calling on male allies to stand up and speak up against GBV.   As part of the White Ribbon Campaign, funded by Emancipator’s Deltaplan, Fairspace “passed the mic” to our male allies, creating a platform to share what …

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Rising up: What we learned from community responses to the Coronavirus pandemic

In the wake of Covid-19, communities and organizations all over the world have been mobilizing to bring attention and respond to serious social issues that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. This type of community engagement is a reminder of our responsibility to be aware of the inequalities in our society and to support local …

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What does the Coronavirus show us about economic inequality?

In the last few weeks, everything has changed. People’s movement (both nationally and internationally) has been restricted; health services around the world have been forced to act quickly and creatively and the global economy has come to a halt in a way that was unimaginable just a few months ago. What does the Coronavirus show …

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Yes, sexual street harassment is a problem. No, that’s not the fault of black men.

A new petition against sexual street harassment was started last week by 19 year old Myrthe van der Houwen, and it’s already been signed thousands of times. Myrthe lives in Enschede and experiences street harassment daily. This unfortunately confirms once again just how prevalent street harassment is throughout the Netherlands. But Myrthe and the attention …

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