For the United States of America, today shall go down in history books with the inauguration of the 45th president, Donald Trump. However, tomorrow the January 21st of 2017, may be even more memorable. The Women’s March on Washington is expected to be the largest march in US history with over a million people expected […]
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Youth not only have the right to participate, their active participation also contributes to bettering their situation and stimulating their development. Many policymakers in the Netherlands are convinced of the importance of meaningful youth participation, but there is still much to be improved. To make youth participation in the Netherlands more meaningful I therefore make […]
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The sun was shining and birds were singing as I left the UN building at 17.30 on Friday. It seemed spring had swept away the grey weather New York had at the start of the week. Last week’s Commission on Population and Development was focussed largely on data and statistics. For many people, data is […]
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Honourable chair, esteemed delegates, To fulfill our promise of leaving no one behind, we must measure who we are leaving behind. It is crucial not only to the Agenda 2030, but also to the realization of the ICPD agenda itself, that we start collecting data on adolescents – especially related to their sexual and reproductive […]
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A while ago on a night out, I overheard a conversation between two people. A guy went up to a girl, grabbed her and said she was so beautiful, she had to dance with him. She pushed him away, saying he should keep his hands of her. Annoyed he replied: “Are you a feminist or […]
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After letting last weeks International Conference on Family Planning sink in for a few days, it is time to sit back and reflect. Here’s 10 things I take home from ICFP: 1. Do you recognize the feeling of how nice it is to talk to people you really like and agree with? Most people will say […]
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