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ALBANIAN SWORN VIRGINS: THE WOMEN WHO BECAME MEN

Embed from Getty Images How far would you go to have the right to drive, smoke or earn money? To wear trousers or own a property, in a society that doesn’t allow you to? In the fiercely patriarchal Northern Albania, where women had no standing for centuries, some have made an irrevocable vow: to remain chaste for life. By ignoring their female identity the “sworn virgins” have also renounced married life and parenthood. For their sacrifice they get the right

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IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: HE YIELDS TO NO ONE

Over the past few weeks, you could join me in the footsteps of Desiderius Erasmus, one of Europe’s greatest thinkers. Back in Rotterdam, after having visited twelve European cities, I reflect on my European journey in ‘He yields to no one’. Have I found Erasmus?  It has been six weeks since I returned from my tour. I’m cycling home from University along the banks of the Maas. The setting sun drapes the Rotterdam skyline in a golden hue. In the

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OLD WOUNDS IN BENDER

In this photo series, Marlon Roseberry Buenck traces the region of Transnistria through the experiences of two women in the city of Bender, whose day-to-day lives have been heavily influenced by the tumultuous period of violence and conflict. The wounds of war, it seems, are yet to have healed, instead continuing to deepen the volatility and uncertainty surrounding the unrecognised state that is perched on the very edge of Europe. What does the future hold for such regions? Are they

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CHALLENGING GENDER STEREOTYPES IN DESIGN

Design, much like the film and technology industries, has widespread problems with gender discrimination. Designer Gabriel Ann Maher talks to NADJA about challenging the stereotypes and the impact of the #metoo campaign. In 2013 Gabriel undertook an analysis of Framed, a leading interior design magazine published in the Netherlands. Gabriel, (who uses the non-binary pronouns they/them/theirs) found that over the course of the year the representation of men to women was tremendously disproportionate, with a ratio of 80 to 20%.

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IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: AT THE END OF THE TRAIL

What could we still learn from the insights of a long-dead thinker? I had no idea. But after travelling to 12 cities that were also visited by humanist Desiderius Erasmus more than 500 years ago, I have found the man behind the name. In dozens of fragments, actually, spread across the Europe like a gauze of stories. In my search to uncover the legacy of the man who is often referred to as the ‘first European’, I spoke with people who,

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FRANCE: ALL MOUTH AND NO TROUSERS

In 2016, France thought it was giving Muslim women freedom by forbidding the burkini. Mayors of 30 French beach resorts sparked worldwide anger and controversy when they banned the full-body swimsuit, seen by many as the symbol of women’s enslavement. Although France’s highest administrative court overturned the decree concluding that it was illegal, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban. At a socialist party meeting he said: “Marianne has a naked breast because she is feeding the people! She

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IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: THE WOMAN WHO INTRODUCED STUDENTS TO EUROPE

What could we still learn from the insights of a long-dead thinker? I had no idea. But after travelling to 12 cities that were also visited by humanist Desiderius Erasmus more than 500 years ago, I have found the man behind the name. In dozens of fragments, actually, spread across the Europe like a gauze of stories. In my search to uncover the legacy of the man who is often referred to as the ‘first European’, I spoke with people who,

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VOLT’S EUROPEAN DREAM

Brussels beware — there’s a new kid on the block. Volt Europa, a new pan-European progressive movement that aims to radically reform Europe, is running for office. Its short-term goal is to obtain 25 seats in the upcoming European elections — the threshold figure that would enable it to create the first transnational party in the European Parliament, rather than join an existing coalition. But its founder, 27-year-old Andrea Venzon, says it’s about more than just politics: “We are trying

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IN SEARCH OF ERASMUS: THE REPUBLIC OF THE DENOUNCED

What could we still learn from the insights of a long-dead thinker? I had no idea. But after travelling to 12 cities that were also visited by humanist Desiderius Erasmus more than 500 years ago, I have found the man behind the name. In dozens of fragments, actually, spread across the Europe like a gauze of stories. In my search to uncover the legacy of the man who is often referred to as the ‘first European’, I spoke with people who,

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LGBTQ IN CROATIA: NIGHT TURNED TO DAWN, BUT IS IT GETTING BRIGHTER?

If you wanted to go on the first LGBTQ pride parade in Croatia that occurred in Zagreb in 2002, you had to be very brave to say the least. If you look at the video of that event on YouTube, you will notice bunch of skinheads and other pissed-off citizens trying to grab at the 300 participants. There were several clashes with police that resulted in 27 arrests, and someone even managed to throw tear gas on the parade. In

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