Feminist political ecology

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague today launches the international network ‘Well-being, Ecology, Gender and Community’ (WEGO), a large international research network for feminist political ecology. The project is a partnership between eighteen universities. It comprises fifteen PhDs studies and focuses on strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

WEGO was established and is coordinated by Wendy Harcourt, Professor of Gender, Diversity and Sustainable Development. Last year, she received a substantial European research grant of 3.9 million euro to start the research project. In her inaugural lecture later today, Harcourt explains how gender and diversity are linked to sustainable development.

Where? ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague

When? 12:30 pm to 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Click here for more information about WEGO and the Wendy Harcourt inaugural lecture visit

Let's talk health

The Let’s Talk Health, (Wo)men! talk show is being held in the Woudestein Erasmus Paviljoen. Four speakers will give their opinions about equality in women’s health. Semiha Denktas (EUC) focuses on nudging: how can you change behaviour with a positive message? Jeanine Roeters van Lennep (Erasmus MC) talks about gender-sensitive medicine. With a focus on combat sport, Ginie Servant talks about her organisation, Fairfight, which aims to make girls and women more independent through martial arts. The fourth guest is Pinar Coskun, who discusses creating a sustainable lifestyle. The dialogue session will be facilitated by Dory Grandia (RSM).

Where? Erasmus Paviljoen

When? 3.15 pm to 5.00 pm


Studium Generale and AIESEC will screen the documentary Miss Representation, also in Erasmus Paviljoen. The film exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in leading positions. There will be a plenary discussion after the film, led by Dianne Bevelander from Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations.

Where? Erasmus Paviljoen

When? 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm


Feminisme, diversiteit en empowerment

There will also be an evening programme at Erasmus University College. You can listen to lectures on feminism, diversity and empowerment from 7.00 pm. Former student Anne-Sophie Halbertsma will address the role of local differences within feminism. Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens will examine in detail the open letter in Erasmus Magazine, in which she and her colleagues plead for more action in the university’s diversity policy. And EUC alumnus Emma Bouterse explains what empowerment means, again using combat sports.


Where? EUC, Nieuwemarkt 1

When? 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm

More information about Towards a fairer future

Not on campus, but well worth a mention, is the For Women in Science grant awards. Each year L’Oréal and UNESCO award grants of 25,000 euro to top female scientists in Life Sciences. This year, Sonja Swanson from Erasmus MC will receive such a grant. Swanson is researching epidemiological and statistical methods to assess causal effects. The festive award will take place between 3.30 pm and 6.00 pm at the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen in Haarlem.