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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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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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