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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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5 tips on stepping up and speaking out in times of Corona

The corona crisis is presenting societies everywhere with a reality that they’ve never seen or experienced before. The pandemic’s impact on public spaces is obvious. Just as important is its effect on workplace culture. A new ‘work order’ We’re experiencing a new online work reality, where most of us are working from home without the …

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Skateboarding: a new future for inclusive public spaces

Combatting social injustice is a broad action, encompassing many different types of initiatives and interventions, including demonstrations, industrial action and skateboarding. Yes, you read that correctly: while one of these seems to be an outlier, when we take a closer look, we can understand how skateboarding can, and is, being used to tackle inequalities throughout …

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Creating alternative urban realities: best practices in urban acupuncture

When previously writing about urban acupuncture, I approached this topic in a general sense, describing the how and why, its importance and its potential for change. However, to fully grasp how urban acupuncture can create alternative and inclusive urban realities, let’s explore some concrete examples. Rethinking school yards in Barcelona One fantastic urban intervention is …

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#METOO: ‘good people can do bad things’

Feeling burnt-out from #MeToo? So many stories, so familiar to many of us. The good news is important work is being done in the Netherlands to promote discussion and change. This was clear at the recent event ‘Sexual Violence And Masculinity: How Can Men Do Better?’ hosted by Atria, Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History, Emancipator, …

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Events: 2017 International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

This year, Hollaback! Nederland is excited to be a Co-Sponsor of International Anti-Street Harassment Week! Join us for our 7th annual week of awareness — April 2-8, 2017 — as we march and hold workshops, tweet chats, artist impressions and peer education to bring attention to this problem & engage our communities in solutions. For more information …

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