In the run-up to International Women’s Day, Hivos and Humanity House provide the event ‘She’s got the power’. Alongside the themes of gender equality and women’s rights we will provide personal stories with performances and Dialogue with the audience.
In recent decades we see progress in the field of women’s rights. However, the majority of women still have informal jobs with unequal wages compared men. The representation of women in politics is also far from equal: more women are participating, but still far fewer than men, and hardly any of them in leading positions globally.
The first part of the evening is a panel-discussion about women in politics. The panel-discussion will be followed by a keynote-presentation from Madeleijn van den Nieuwenhuizen. During the presentation she will share her thoughts on sexism, imagery and stereotypes of women prevalent in media broadcasts and publications.
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Meet the speakers
- Kirsten van den Hul is a Dutch politician and columnist. She was elected to the House of Representatives for the PvdA during the 2017 general election. On behalf of the PvdA she aims towards a society without sexism, racism, discrimination and polarization.
- Gina Lafour is a volunteer at Stem op een Vrouw (Vote for a Woman) and also works at Fashion for Good, a platform for sustainable fashion innovation. In the past she’s also been a board member of Amsterdam United, an intersectional studentplatform at the University of Amsterdam.
- Laury Haytayan is an independent politician from Lebanon. Within the male-dominated Lebanese political system, she passionately attempts activating more women in politics. She has a journalism and an International Relations of the Middle East background, she works as the MENA Regional Programme Manager at the National Resource Governance Institute, an organization for policy advice and advocacy on oil and gas resources.
- Madeleijn van den Nieuwenhuizen (28) is a legal historian and media critic. Her renowned social media-account @Zeikschrift exposes missteps by the Dutch media and press regarding inclusion and diversity. She focuses on stereotypes, inclusivity and the (mis-)use of language. Madeleijn currently writes essays for VOGUE and has in the past written opinion pieces for Parool and NRC.
MS.ABA, also known as Augustina Austin is a singer-songwriter with roots in Ghana. Augustina brings a new sound called: AfroSoul. MS. ABA contributes to connecting Women from African Diaspora with the continent for more than 10 years. She is also the founder of several platforms such as: Abina Online, Shero (a female movement clothing line) and Africa on Focus (a weekly radio show on Hiradio). She will perform as a singer and contribute to the panel discussion regarding women in politics.