Because they were wearing shorts…

Last weekend in Toulon, in the south of France, what was supposed to be a nice Sunday with friends and family turned into a nightmare for two couples, a friend and their kids.  While they were cycling and skating through a neighbourhood, they were interpellated by a group of young guys. Why? Because they found…

‘Brutal’ by Nabila Sharma

Summer holidays are coming to an end in Europe. At least mine are already over. Unfortunately! That means back home and back to work. I thought I would take more time to write during my holidays, but instead I took the time to read. Magazines and books. I would like to tell you more about…

Dutch Radio 538… Really?…

Summer has (finally) started here in the Netherlands and that usually means sunshine, smiles and lighter clothes. I have to admit that that definitely applies to me as well… except when I bike home from work! Everytime I bike home, there’s something that knocks the smile out of my face… That something is a huge…

The new Rosa Parks?

Who has never heard of Rosa Parks?! An African-American woman whose courage has helped abolish segregation in the United States. She was a civil rights activist whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. On December 1st, 1955, she sat in a bus and…

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers around the world! … though I will celebrate my own mom and our love for each other later this month, because Mother’s Day falls on another day in France.

Bernice Dapaah & her bamboo bikes

“I think we should teach people how to fish rather than giving them fish.” Bernice Dapaah Bernice Dapaah grew up under harsh conditions in Ghana. After her mother got an accident, she had to support her siblings, in a country where things are already tough for children.But her difficult childhood has always been a strong…

Ruqia Hassan Mohammed

In September 2015, Ruqia Hassan Mohammed was killed by Isis. This young Syrian Kurd woman, born in 1985, was an activist and citizen journalist. She has been captured and killed for her outspoken posts on social media. According to a member of Syria’s most prominent anti-Isis resistance group, her voice was not only silenced, but also…

Theresa Kachindamoto, the ‘terminator of child marriages’

Malawi is unfortunately the country with the highest rate of child marriages: 50% of the little girls are married before the age of 18. A number that makes you dizzy and that should make everyone angry! And that is exactly how Theresa Kachindamoto feels about this. More than feeling revolted, she has started a fierce…

International Women’s Day

Dating back to 1911, and celebrated everyone year on March the 8th since 1922, International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to all women of the world, from every country, every race, every background. Women should be celebrated every day, but once a year we make it even clearer. So happy International Women’s Day to…

Lady Gaga at the Oscars 2016

No stranger to political engagement, Lady Gaga proved once again to be an impressive spokeswoman for those who hurt and deserve a voice. Not only a succesful singer and performer, she is also well-known for her political activism, especially her fight against bullying and her fight for LGBT rights worldwide. What an inspiration! On a…