Society

  • Journeying through Berlin with a refugee tour guide

    By on Nov. 9, 2017

    Although 'refugee crisis' has become somewhat of a buzzword recently, some of us hardly ever meet refugees in our daily lives. In Berlin, however, that is changing. Refugee Voices Tours is an initiative in which refugees are telling their stories in the form of a walking tour. That’s how I met Mohamad, a Syrian refugee who allowed me to experience the German capital through his eyes. 

  • Dutch YouTubers get high with government money

    By on Nov. 3, 2017

    The Dutch YouTube channel Drugslab just celebrated its 500,000 subscribers. Nellie Benner, Bastiaan Rosman, and Rens Polman take trips for science, riding highs from recreational drugs to teach the world about the effects they have on the body and the brain. Every week, a new substance is tested in front of the camera. Oh yeah, and the Dutch government funds the network that produces the show.

  • Mass tourism in Mallorca: Trouble in paradise

    By on Oct. 31, 2017

    Mallorca is not all about sea, sun and sex. The island’s population, which makes up less than 1 million residents, is starting to feel the weight of the 2 million tourists that arrive each summer. Locals have had enough of rent prices rising and public spaces disappearing. During a protest last month they finally faced the music and said what had to be said: “it has come to this.” 

  • Sexual harassment, Asia Argento and divided women

    In bashing actress and director Asia Argento after she accused Weinstein of harassing her, Italy is showing its deep misogynistic nature. Insults and victim-blaming have pushed Asia Argento to leave her homeland. Who cares? We do, once again.

  • Italy: Second generation immigrants wait for passports

    By on Oct. 17, 2017

    The reform of Italy's citizenship laws has cause hunger strikes, anti-racism protests and huge debates across the country. Today, one million people born on Italian soil fail to be recognised as Italian. For two years, they have been waiting for a law blocked in the Senate, and their struggle to be recognised as an italiano vero is all too real. 

  • Greece: A victory for the transgender community

    By on Oct. 13, 2017

    This week, Greece passed a law allowing citizens to choose their gender on their official identification documents. This reform sparked some outcries from the Orthodox church, who claimed that it was a “satanic act”. Who cares? We do, once again.

  • Belgium: Prostitution and sugar daddies for uni students

    By on Oct. 6, 2017

    It was a surreal scene at the Université Libre de Bruxelles campus this week. An enormous sexist billboard targeted financially insecure students, inviting them to earn money by prostituting themselves. The billboard advertised RichMeetBeautiful, an obscure dating website. Here's why we care: 

  • UK: Brook House, asylum seekers and a broken home 

    By on Sept. 28, 2017

    Earlier this month, people gathered outside the Home Office in London to protest the Brook House detention centre. It is one of the 11 detention centres for asylum seekers around the UK, and is being condemned for its awful conditions and treatment of the detainees. Voices at the protest were outcries to close down this house, which is clearly not a home. 

  • Sophie: Forgotten worker of the night

    By on Sept. 27, 2017

    Sophie has been waiting for the telephone to ring at 5 pm every day for more than a decade. This is the phone call that confirms whether she can go and work at Roissy Airport when night falls. For 10 years, this part-time job has affected her health and subjected her to power abuse, as well as hate and sexism. Sophie is a woman, a wife, a mother. But above all, she is a tireless workhorse. 

  • SKATE Nepal: Rolling over gender inequality

    By on Sept. 12, 2017

    Bibbi Abruzzini and Zyanya Jackson worked together with Refurb Skate in Nepal to document how skateboarding has the potential to empower young women and children. Through searing heat and torrential rain, what emerged was a community of stoked boarders - girls and boys alike. All it took for these two young Europeans to find magic were two essential weapons: a camera and a skateboard.