#SheDecides Rutgers Special: Baas in eigen buik

Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Date: 2 March Facebook event here

To mark the first SheDecides Day, SheDecides Champion Rutgers organised a debate in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the spirit of standing up and speaking out, this event aimed to raise the interest and solidarity of young Dutch people for the SheDecides movement.

The debate began with the Dutch history from the perspective of strong women who struggled during the 60’s and 70’s for the right to decide freely and for themselves whether, when and how many children they have. They paved the path for Dutch women and girls today who have easy access to contraception and other reproductive health services. Rutgers and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs joined the debate, sharing their stories and efforts in the field of reproductive health services. Young Dutch feminists talked about the difficulties they face in their daily lives and how they feel connected with women worldwide who are hit by the effects of the Global Gag Rule.

The participants explored a number of key questions: how can they continue standing up and speaking out for the rights of women to have control over their own bodies, and how can everybody continue unlocking the resources she needs to decide? 

Photographs from the event courtesy of Rutgers.