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Symposium: Gender-based Violence

18-06-2018 at 20:00 - 22:00

Gender-based Violence: Myths and realities

Since the emergence of the #MeToo discussion in October 2017, sexual assault and harassment have become hotly contested issues. All at once, topics which were scarcely discussed before began to dominate the media, from talk shows to newspapers. How did this news suddenly rise to the surface, and what does it say about the society in which we live? In what state are women’s rights today? On 18 June, two speakers will discuss this controversial subject.

Renée Römkens, Special Professor of Gender-based Violence at the University of Amsterdam, will give a lecture about her expertise matter: the causes, effects and significance of violence based on or related to gender. Römkens is currently the director of the Atria Institute for Emancipation and Women’s history. Trained as a criminologist and psychologist, she has worked as a researcher and lecturer across the globe for many organisations, including the European Institute for Gender Equality and the European Network on Gender Expertise. She recently headed Atria’s investigation into the perception of domestic violence in the Netherlands, which she will certainly discuss in her lecture.

Ella Whelan is a journalist and author who is the assistant editor at the British magazine spiked. She regularly publishes and comments on topics such as feminism and free speech. Whelan was a leading campaigner for spiked’s Invoke Article 50 NOW! campaign, the Free Speech University Rankings and the Down With Campus Censorship campaign, fighting for free speech at universities. At the symposium, she will discuss the message of her book What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism, dealing with the question of female victimhood vs. women’s autonomy. Does the current #MeToo variety of feminism promote women’s liberation or threaten it?

At the end of the event, there will be room for questions and discussion. This event is free and open to everyone.



20:00 - 22:00


Café De Troubadour
Peperstraat 19
Groningen, Groningen 9711PC Netherlands
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