Syria ‘Back to School’ July 2016

With the contribution of Soroptimist clubs in Germany, Norway, Kuwait, Belgium, UK and France, in addition to the eighty Dutch clubs, the project has now raised over €345.000. Margit van Hoeve explains: “Funds have gone towards rucksacks for over 2500 children, and towards teacher’s incentives for over 10,000 teachers, many of whom have themselves fled…

Dutch woman offers a future to deaf children in Sri Lanka

For years now, Soroptimistclub Hoorn has been supporting the Dr. Reijntjes School for the Deaf in Sri Lanka. Dutch-born Tineke da Silva-Nijkamp founded the school in 1984. Since then she has helped many children with a hearing impairment, who otherwise would have been doomed to a life of slavery. Tineke and her Sri Lankan husband…

Seminar about Teenage pregnancy: a widespread problem in Cameroon

Teenage pregnancy is a widespread problem in Cameroon. One in every three girls become a mother before her 18th birthday. Apart from becoming mothers before their 18th birthday, social abandonment, exclusion from education and jobs prohibit these girls from establishing sufficient support for themselves and their children. Bleeker Foundation will present its first seminar about Teenage Motherhood…

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In memory of sociologist Fatima Mernissi, Morocco’s feminist icon

In the morning of 30 November 2015, sociologist and author Fatima Mernissi (1940) died. She was one of Morocco’s icons of feminism. Fatima played an important role in many areas. She cast doubt on the anti-female Hadith (Islamic traditions on Mohammed’s actions and statements, recorded in a collection of books) and criticized the subordinate place…