Joris Luyendijk / Shirin Musa @ KEI to Your Future
August 14 at 13:00 - 16:00
SIB @ KEI to Your Future
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At KEI to Your Future, SIB-Groningen will organise two lectures about two different recent topics in the field of politics and human rights. The one will be about Europe, the other will deal with women’s rights. In both lectures, the basic question is the following: where we are now, how did we get here and what does the future hold for us? Our prominent guests are journalist/author Joris Luyendijk and women’s rights activist Shirin Musa. Their lectures will last for about 30 minutes each, after which there will be time for your questions. Feel free to visit both lectures, or just one!
Lecture by Joris Luyendijk: “The Future of Europe” – Theaterzaal
The European Union might be one of the world’s safest and most prosperous places to live. It also seems to be in a state of crisis, however. Support for the EU is fragile. Populist parties are on the rise. Terrorist attacks have hit Paris, London and Brussels. More and more migrants from Africa and Asia try to cross the Mediterranean. Britain will leave the EU in 2019. There is serious inequality within and between European countries. But how serious are these problems really? Do they threaten the future of Europe? And what can we do about them?
That is what Joris Luyendijk will talk about in his lecture. Luyendijk is a journalist and author who has worked in the US, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and London. He was a news correspondent in the Middle East, hosted the Dutch talk show Zomergasten, kept a ‘banking blog’ for The Guardian, and has written multiple books, including Swimming with Sharks: My Journey Into the World of the Bankers, which became the best-selling book of 2015 in the Netherlands. He is also a frequent public speaker, passionate about topics such as Brexit, finance and journalism.
Lecture by Shirin Musa: “The Future of Women’s Rights” – Springerzaal
Debates on women’s rights are omnipresent today: from online feminism and #MeToo to the glass ceiling and the gender pay gap. Whether we talk about economic or cultural issues, it seems clear that men and women aren’t equal. Even in ‘the modern West’ there are women who experience violence on a daily basis, or whose freedoms are systematically repressed by their surroundings. These women often have an ethnic minority background and live inside closed communities. What can we do to increase their freedom and work towards sexual equality?
We have invited Shirin Musa to discuss this subject. Musa is an expert by experience: having married her Pakistani husband in 2002, she wanted to divorce him, but it turned out to be impossible to end their Islamic marriage. After Musa went to court, she was put in the right and the marriage was dissolved. It was the first time that such a thing happened in the Netherlands. In 2011 she founded Femmes for Freedom, an NGO that is dedicated to women’s rights. They fight against forced marriage, domestic abuse, polygamy and similar issues through research, education and awareness campaigns.