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Book review bUkneke Walking the COVID Tightrope

COVID-19 united us across the world in ways we had never seen before. At the same time, it was very personal to each individual. Virus contagion reports per country, and how many had died seem to ignore that fact. This pandemic affects us all, one way or another, yet we all experience the stranger in our midst in different ways. Such things as the country, the family and employment is one aspect, but there is the individual, and how they faced the new situation on the other hand.
By Marion Verweij | 04/01/2021 | Review

WALKING THE COVID TIGHTROPE

The book Walking the Covid Tightrope has just been released. Full of fascinating stories from around the world. “It was amazing to compile stories from twenty-seven people sharing their personal experience with COVID with great honesty; the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful,” said one of the authors, Bodil Valero. “It is an insight both into how different people experienced lockdown and the environment they were in at the time.”
By Marion Verweij | 05/01/2021 | Books

Touching Tomorrow

Touching Tomorrow offers art and poetry into the dialogue concerning what life will be like tomorrow, and how nature, spirituality, death and life may change how we meet what’s next. It’s part of who we are as humans to wonder about the future.
By Marion Verweij | 05/01/2021 | Books

African Challenges and Europe’s Responsibility

The world is facing a number of major challenges one of which is the fact that our consumption is coming close to surpassing the supply limit of the planet on which we live. At the same time, half the world population lives in poverty and more than a third in abject poverty. Growth and development in our production of necessary commodities is necessary, but it must be sustainable; ecologically, socially, economically and morally. Africa has the largest share of the population living in poverty and is probably the continent with the greatest potential to substantially increase necessary production. How are we going to address this challenge?
By Marion Verweij | 05/01/2021 | Books
By Marion Verweij | 05/01/2021 | Books

Beacons of Hope

In this book Marion Verweij highlights many of the women who struggle to make this world a better place for the present and coming generations. The women that speak out against all sorts of suppression and wrong doing, have often had the experience of the suffering they address first hand. Yet, it is not a book about suffering, but about hope. Without putting the finger of blame and without judging certain cultural traditions, the author, Marion Verweij, paints a picture of rites and habits still existing in the world today, that cause harm to women sometimes for the rest of their lives. As an antidote to the suffering and the oppression, the book presents certain qualities that are universal and apply to any human being, not just to women. Many women who spoke in this book embody these qualities. The book opens the way to each person to acquire these qualities for him or herself, and so make the world a better place. It is a book about human beings, and about how to preserve or win back our humanity – the most important thing of all.
By Marion Verweij | 05/01/2021 | Books

Abandoning Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting. Guidelines for Parliamentarians

The Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) is an international parliamentary association which works in cooperation with African Parliaments to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Africa, keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe and facilitate African-European parliamentary dialogue.
By Marion Verweij | 05/01/2021 | Books