INTERCONNECTED CHALLENGES: PUBLIC HEALTH, CLIMATE CHANGE & POLITICAL ECONOMY
Investing in human and planetary health is key to social justice and needs to go hand in hand. This makes it necessary to redefine the goal of investments in health and other public goods beyond economic growth; because the goal of human well-being will remain, whereas that of economic growth should not. Doughnut Economics by author Kate Raworth was amongst my key readings. My blog contains a translation of those readings to my field of work in support of healthy people and a healthy planet - beyond global health.
HEALTH WORKERS FOR ALL/ PROJECT MANAGER & COORDINATOR
It was a sheer joy to collaborate with colleagues of civil society organisation, trade unions, academia, health professional organisations and others to jointly examine opportunities and challenges of improving access to skilled, motivated and supported health workers within a strong and sustainable health system. We highlighted the (potential) unintended consequences of unbalanced professional mobility. Unequal distribution can amplify health inequalities and create access to healthcare problems – especially in times of crisis. The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel has a role to play as a voluntary yet crucial instrument that can contribute to correct imbalances between Member States and help create (self)sustainable health systems.
WOMEN'S RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE: COORDINATOR/ RAPPORTEUR SHADOW REPORT
I was coordinator/rapporteur of the shadow report to the 5th Report by the Government of The Netherlands on implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). I coordinated the process for input, organized expert meetings, engaged civil society organizations (CSOs) for their support and expertise, and successfully lobbied committee members of CEDAW to include critical issues for CSOs in their final recommendations. I wrote publications and provided presentations.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT: MAPPING GENDER, HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
For the project 'On Track With Gender' I screened courses to find out how much and in what way ‘gender and development’ was included in the curricula and research of cultural anthropology and development studies in the Netherlands and published a paper about it (Faculty of Social Sciences/ Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hivos, Oxfam Novib. At Radboudumc I was assigned to create a coherent education programme on gender sensitive issues within the existing medical curricula through a participatory approach.
PARTICIPATORY VIDEO: DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGER DELTA
Nine women from the Niger Delta in Nigeria were involved in a participatory research and video project analysing the lives and experiences of women in the Niger Delta: FEMSCRIPT. Because so far women are hardly visible in stories about (conflict in) the Niger Delta. Yet, women’s lives are impacted by the ongoing conflicts in many ways.
As a follow-up, a documentary ‘Daughters of the Niger Delta’ shows the human rights situation in the Niger Delta. One that radically differs from the usual stories about oil outputs, violence, conflict and kidnapping. It gives a taste of everyday life in the Niger Delta through the eyes of three ordinary women: Hannah, Naomi & Rebecca. It sheds light on day-to-day injustices that we rarely hear about in the news. But it also highlights women's strength and resilience.