Women’s March Amsterdam

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A few friends and I spend a nice Friday evening making signs for the women march that took place in cities all over the world on Saturday, including the one I live in, Amsterdam. I was surprised by the large turn out. This is the first time I have seen such a world wide backlash agains a US president. Despite there being a lot of criticism of white women’s intention, I think that the protest yesterday, at least in Amsterdam, was diverse (perhaps not enough), and well intended. Most of the people holding signs protesting for ALL women and not just white women were actually white women. What disappointed me was the lack of men in my own circle of friends that did not attend the protest. In the end this protest was not just agains the misogyny, sexism, racism and anti-immigration stance of Donal Trump, but it was agains the type of rhetoric that we have been hearing in many European countries such as The Netherlands, France and Austria to name a few. At some point, we, those who do not agree with these far-right nationalist views have to take a stand. We have to come out for what we believe in. And we cannot do this alone. We need our allies. As a person of color, I stress that we should be mindful of including our white allies in this resistance. People of all colors, genders, and social strata in between should stand together. Together we are stronger.

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My new adventure

Photo credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR (source)

Today I have been informed that I have been accepted to the Medical Anthropology and Sociology Masters program at the University of Amsterdam. This makes me quite happy since it has been a long road to get here and there is a long but exciting road ahead.

After completing my degree in physiotherapy I realized that I wanted to head in another direction. I took a year off and after this year started looking into my options. One thing I realized along the way was that one of my biggest interests is the LBGTIQ community. This is why I plan to conduct my research in this direction and hope to be able to focus it on the LGBTIQ of the (dutch) caribbean. This is a group that sadly is virtually invisible in research in health.

It will be nice to share my journey on my blog the coming year.