YoungFemina bestaat uit een enthousiaste en toegewijde groep jonge vrouwen, voornamelijk studenten van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en de Hanzehogeschool. Omdat het een internationale groep vrouwen is, is de officiële taal Engels.
YoungFemina’s outlook on 2018
As young women, we see the need for change concerning the rights of migrants and refugees, and we view it as our responsibility with YoungFemina to spread the stories of brave women coming to the Netherlands and their experiences and struggles with xenophobia, racism and misogyny.
In 2018, our mission is to continue to support Femina’s endeavour to promote women’s and migrant rights in Groningen and the Netherlands with new ideas and creative projects. In March 2018, we will celebrate Stichting Femina’s 2-year anniversary, and contribute to the celebrations. Additionally, through lectures and campaigns, we want to increase our presence amongst our peers and make the work of Femina more known amongst students. So, stay tuned for our events and projects!
March 2018: Our new project with SCORP
We are happy to announce our new cooperation with IFMSA Groningen/ Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP). The International Federation on Medical Students’ Association is not only a platform for medical students but they are also active in various health care projects and advocacy with respect to global health and public health issues in their respective communities. The Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace aims to unite students who have the desire and ambition to create an equal and peaceful world and believe in international, intercultural as well as interpersonal solidarity.
YoungFemina and SCORP are working on setting up a project to support migrant women and the challenges they are facing with the Dutch health care system when migrating to the Netherlands. Often it revolves not only about their health but also the health of their children. Next to language barriers, they often struggle with questions like whether to go to the GP or the emergency room with their sick child. First, we want to work on the basis of research and surveys to know exactly what the women are missing when dealing with health care, which will be then followed by support in different ways (translation, workshops, etc.). Also, we want to use the information to raise awareness in front of local administrations, asylum centers and policy makers. We are hoping that this project will grow with more volunteers and other institutions who also believe that access to adequate health care is a basic human right.
Women’s Day with Femina 2018
On the 8th March, we celebrated the 2-year anniversary of Femina and International Women’s Day. Next to food and great music, we hosted a small exhibition with the great help of Minerva students who study Fine Arts in Groningen. Also, we presented a Graphic Novel by Stijn Schenk called “Moeders Kracht” (mother’s strength), which shows the harrowing but also empowering story of Femina’s founder Mastoora Sultani. We are looking forward to present you other inspiring biographies of courageous Femina women.
Femina workshop – December 2017
In December 2017, we attended the last session of Femina’s training course ‘In Holland Staat een Huis’ in the cozy town of Haren. The training discussed volunteer work and how the women attending can get involved in their communities. Afterwards, all participants in the training received their certificates and everyone enjoyed the nice pre-holidays atmosphere and great Arab cuisine. During the training we documented the work of Femina, and were able to see Mastoora in action. Here is an impression of the afternoon: