This week, I have experienced the specific scent and feel of teargas for the first time. It is in first instance itchy, as if someone put pepper in your nose and eyes. Then it starts to hurt. You cannot breath normally and you start to cry. You want to run away, preferably to the nearest…Read More
A book with stories, information and good practices for inclusion of people with disabilities in sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes.Read More
Meet the feminist and disability rights activist from Mumbai, India, who raises her voice in all possible ways to promote disability rights and gender justice. On top of all her serious work, she performs in her own comedy shows, using the art to perform issue based comedy and raise awareness on disability, gender and sexuality.Read More
In april en mei deed ik voor Karuna Foundation kwalitatief onderzoek in een klein plattelandsdorpje in het zuidoosten van Nepal: wat maakte het Inspire2Care programma van Karuna al dan niet succesvol, volgens de lokale bevolking? Hoe kijken dorpsbewoners naar mensen met een beperking en hoe is dat veranderd? Enkele foto’s. Een uitgebreider verslag volgt binnenkort!Read More
In Centro Havana, when there are eggs and potatoes – products that are scarce – that is shouted loudly: “Hay papa, hay huevo, hay papa, hay huevo” (there are potatoes, there are eggs). It is almost like a song, or maybe a rap. Together with the roaring engines of vintage cars, and an occasional rumba or reggaeton beat, it forms a cacophony that is typical for the neighborhood.
But this cacophony of the street has not always been like that.
I could feel the city’s exciting vibes. The conversations between thrilled Cubans in the stores, at the market, and in the waiting lines were about nothing else in the last few weeks. This week was supposed to become a ‘turning point’ in Cuba’s history, and it put the island in the spotlight of the global media. And it was my final week of fieldwork.Read More
Cubans are friendly, helpful, and welcoming. Until you enter a public service building such as a bank or a state-run store, or restaurant. Why is that? An exerpt from my fieldnotes.Read More