A gay Muslim activist about acceptance in society

Written by Romy Caverlé The emancipation and acceptance of gay Muslims have changed over the past years. Ejel Khan (44) is a freelance writer and also a human rights activist since he was 18 years old. Ejel was born and raised in Luton in the UK and fights for LGBTQIA+ Muslim solidarity. Today, he’ll talk about his experience with freedom and the changing attitude towards … Continue reading A gay Muslim activist about acceptance in society

Refill Germany: Drinking more tap water saves the environment

Written by Kimberly Nicolaus   Drinking water and sanitation are recognized as fundamental human rights and are guaranteed in Germany. The country’s tap water is high-quality but still, a lot of people buy plastic bottles. It needs the volunteer work of non-profit-organization Refill Germany as an eye-opener in order to use the offer and to buy fewer plastic bottles. Around 2,1 billion people worldwide have … Continue reading Refill Germany: Drinking more tap water saves the environment

“People are starting cosmetic surgery younger and younger”

Written by Naomi de Ridder  The number of aesthetic plastic operations has increased by 10 million worldwide since 2010. The reason why are improved techniques and the popularity of social media, says Doctor Gokoel.  Around 23 million cosmetic surgeries are performed every year worldwide, according to a rapport of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Since 2010 the number of operations has dramatically increased. … Continue reading “People are starting cosmetic surgery younger and younger”

“Playing records is like buying a new pair of shoes”

Written by Lindsey Maycock Since Spotify was created in 2006, music has been easier to listen to than ever. The website now has over 96 million users who pay a monthly fee to be able to access almost any song by any artist. However, the record industry has been growing every year since 2001 and is even popular with the younger generation. Some people feel … Continue reading “Playing records is like buying a new pair of shoes”

The popularity of the Dutch royal family

Written by Yannick Grenouillat Every 27th of April, millions of people get on the streets to celebrate Kingsday. But how many people in the Netherlands still like the monarchy? According to research by Ipsos, the support for the monarchy has remained the same compared to 2018. 68 percent of Dutch people still think that the monarchy in the Netherlands should stay. Only 15 percent want … Continue reading The popularity of the Dutch royal family

25 revolutionairy songs you should listen to- including a top 5 by five Dutch changemakers

Written by Charisa Chedie Aretha Franklin, 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar or John Coltrane: here are 25 songs to put you in the right activism mood. But before you press play, please take a moment to look at our top 5 curated by five Dutch changemakers. #1. This is America – Childish Gambino By Jenny Janssen, co-founder of NO THANKS! an organization creating awareness for sexual intimidation … Continue reading 25 revolutionairy songs you should listen to- including a top 5 by five Dutch changemakers

Free Space Now

Written by Melanie Schlemmer Free Spaces are a distinctive element of Amsterdam’s character, but the demand for new living space in the city is high. Bajesdorp is one of the last Free Spaces in Amsterdam and the community fights for their right to exist. The wind carries soft reggae tunes through the construction site of the future ‘Bajeskwartier’. A green piece of land cuts through … Continue reading Free Space Now

Music keeps you open minded

Written by Marijn Butter   Name: David Jansen Age: 21 years old City: Amsterdam Study: Cultural and Social education Music: Singer and songwriter (Debski) and lead singer of the rock band ‘The Strip’ “The meaning but mostly the purpose of music is very important in our society nowadays. I think music helps people in many ways. It offers people support, it helps people reflect on their own acts and it … Continue reading Music keeps you open minded

“Moving here created a huge sense of independence”

Written by Lindsey Maycock Every year many students all around the world leave the comforts of their home country to study abroad. The Netherlands alone welcomes 122,000 exchange students each academic year. Students apply to go on exchange in the hopes of becoming a more independent open-minded individual. Two exchange students in Amsterdam discussed their initial struggles with homesickness and navigating their new surroundings. They’ve overcome this by … Continue reading “Moving here created a huge sense of independence”