Standplaats Paramaribo

Nieuw in de reeks Van onze correspondent
Standplaats Paramaribo

In de reeks Van onze correspondent schrijven correspondenten over hun leven en werk; wat het is om correspondent en expatriate te zijn. Het zijn journalistieke en ook heel persoonlijke verhalen over indrukken en ervaringen, de regio en haar bewoners.

RTL4-correspondent Nina Jurna schrijft over Suriname, het land met een unieke mix van verschillende culturen aan de rand van een onmetelijk oerwoud. Onderwerpen zijn Bouterse, Philomena Bijlhout en remigratie, maar ook haar werk als journalist/producer en het moederschap.

Fragment uit Standplaats Paramaribo
‘Het was het ANP. Of het klopte dat ik degene was die de foto’s van Philomena boven water had gehaald. En hoe ik eraan kwam. Ik was verbaasd. Waren de foto’s dan al in de pers verschenen? Was de uitzending dan al geweest? Ik zei dat ik inderdaad aan de foto’s was gekomen maar dat ik niet kon prijsgeven wie mijn bron was. Toen ik had opgehangen ging de telefoon weer en was het NOVA. Het kon niet anders dan dat het nieuws van zes uur iets had.’

Over de auteur

Nina Jurna is correspondent voor het RTL Nieuws en de GPD. Daarnaast regisseert ze documentaires en is ze als producer en researcher betrokken bij verschillende programma’s voor de Publieke Omroep. Ze publiceerde in het Parool, Opzij en de Nieuwe Revue. Samen met haar vriend (en cameraman) heeft ze een film en mediabedrijf in Paramaribo. In 2000 verhuisde ze naar Suriname.

Reeks Van onze correspondent
Eerder verschenen of verwacht in deze reeks:
o Standplaats Nairobi – Kees Broere (2004)
o Standplaats Tilburg – Wilf Mbanga (2004)
o Standplaats Peking – Jan van der Putten (2005)
o Standplaats Moskou – Karel Onwijn (2006)
o Standplaats Islamabad/New Delhi – Sacha Kester (juni 2007)
o Standplaats Jakarta – Dirk Vlasblom
o Standplaats Beiroet – Annemieke Veltman

Titel: Standplaats Paramaribo / Reeks: Van onze correspondent / Auteur: Nina Jurna/ ISBN: 978 90 6832 573 7 / Omvang 206 p. / paperback / Verschijnt: april 2007 / Prijs: € 17,50
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Contest for Confronting the Intersection:VAW/ HIV & AIDS

The Naming Contest for Confronting the Intersection:
The Documentary Film Project on VAW and HIV&AIDS.


We are Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Mehret Mandefro, and Jacqui Patterson, three sisters in the movement to uplift women's rights globally. Our paths have merged for this project to produce a documentary film to lift the voices, faces, stories and demands of women of color and women in the global south who are survivors of violence, women living with HIV&AIDS, and women at risk. Our aim is to illuminate, educate, agitate, and ultimately transform how these pandemics are currently being addressed so that solutions are designed by us and work for us.

We invite you, particularly our sisters in the struggle, to play a critical role in this project by helping us to name the film, as well as give your comments on the concept to inform our considerations going forward.

The film will have at its base the principle of "For Us By Us" otherwise known as "Nothing About Us Without Us" and thus will have an all women of color production team and an all women of color crew.


To join our effort to give this critical initiative a name, please visit one of these links:

There you can enter your suggested title, as well as why you chose that title for the concept along with some other information.


I. All titles submitted during Phase I (Title Submission--November 1st -10th ) will be compiled and considered by the production team.

II. The Top Ten Titles will be chosen by the production team based on how well they fit the film concept.

III. On November 15th , Top Ten Titles will be posted on the two sites as per the above links, as well as circulated via various listservs.

IV. During Phase II (Voting—November 15th-25th) which ends on the first day of the 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women, sisters around the world will be invited to vote and give comments on the Top Ten Title choices.

V. Between November 25th through 30th, the production team will consider the votes tallied, as well as the comments and select the film title.

VI. On December 1st, World AIDS Day, the film title will be announced and the winner will be named.

The Grand Prize for the top title will be a Gift Package which includes: T-shirts, DVDs, Key chains, Books, Posters, Condoms, Femidoms, etc from numerous organizations, as listed on the two contest hosting websites.

Consolation prizes for the titles winning the Top 5 number of votes will minimally include: a t-shirt, poster, key chain, and DVD.

Thank you in advance for entering.

This is your film as much as it is ours and we invite you to join us on our journey. We will launch a website for the film by the New Year and will include frequent updates with photos, blogging, etc, as we go through the process of developing this film.

We hope to see you as we begin filming around the world beginning on December 9 th which is befitting as it is the last day of the 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women!

A Luta Continua!

In Sisterhood and Solidarity,
Aishah, Mehret, and Jacqui

For Immidiate Release AESN/ BWIE Teamed Up

For Immediate Release

1 November 2007 (Rotterdam, Netherlands, Halmstad, Sweden) The Afro European Sisters Network ( founded by Sandra Rafaela has joined forces with the Black Women in Europe ( social network and award winning blog authored by Adrianne George to launch the Women in the African Diaspora social network and the AESN/BWIE website.

Ms. Rafaela has an Afro Caribbean and European background and lives in the Netherlands. Ms. George is an African American expatriate living in Sweden. Both women are passionate about creating Internet spaces to elevate the social status of black women around the world regardless of geographical location. The tools Sandra and Adrianne will use include their websites, blogs, social networks, and video chats and conferences via ooVoo (

Their combined Internet arsenal includes

The Afro European Sisters Network


Squidoo lenses:Squidoo

MySpace page:MySpace

The Black Women in Europe

Award winning blog:BLOG

Squidoo lens:Squidoo

Social network:
Black Women in Europe

Women in the African Diaspora (WAD) social network:
WAD social network

The results of this collaboration include the increased visibility of black women on the Internet; providing a strong and positive voice for black women in Europe; facilitating the exchange of experiences to empower black women globally; and providing resources and social networks for black women.

Black Women across the globe are invited to participate in the building of this global project and should visit the sites in the AESN and BWIE network to find out more.

Sandra Rafaëla
Adrianne George

Saartje Baartman


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Saartjie Baartman was born in 1789 into the Griqua tribe of the eastern Cape, a subgroup of the Khoisan people who are now thought to be the first aboriginal inhabitants of the southern tip of Africa. Her family moved to a shack near Cape Town and, while working as a 20-year-old servant to a local farmer, she attracted the attention of a visiting English ship's surgeon, William Dunlop. What made her a curiosity in the doctor's eyes were her extraordinary steatopygia — enlarged buttocks — and her unusually elongated labia, a genital peculiarity of some Khoisan women of the time.

She agreed to go with Dunlop to England where, he promised her, she would become rich and famous as a subject of medical and anthropological research. She was 21 when she left Cape Town for London. At first, she was indeed put under anatomical scrutiny by scientists, who named her genital condition the 'Hottentot apron'. 'Hottentot' was a word coined by early Dutch settlers to South Africa to describe the strange clicking language of the Khoisan. But the only success she achieved was as an exhibit before the general public.

Contemporary descriptions of her shows at 225 Piccadilly, Bartholomew Fair and Haymarket in London say Baartman was made to parade naked along a "stage two feet high, along which she was led by her keeper and exhibited like a wild beast, being obliged to walk, stand or sit as he ordered". People paid one shilling to gawk at her, where she was depicted as a wild animal in a cage, dancing for her keeper. For several years, working-class Londoners crowded in to shout vulgarities at the protruding buttocks and large vulva of the unfortunate woman.

The aristocracy were no less fascinated at what they saw as a sexual freak, but they had private showings. Baartman was supposed to earn half of the proceeds from her performances, but in fact she saw little of the profits. In 1814, after spending four years being paraded around the streets of London, Baartman was taken to Paris and, according to the archival accounts, was handed to a "showman of wild animals" in a travelling circus. Her body was analysed by scientists, including Baron Cuvier, one of Napoleon Bonaparte's surgeons. A number of pseudo-scientific articles were written about her, testimony at the time to the superiority of the European races.

Her anatomy even inspired a comic opera in France. Called "The Hottentot Venus" or "Hatred to French Women", the drama encapsulated the complex of racial prejudice and sexual fascination that occupied European perceptions of aboriginal people at the time. It appears Baartman worked as a prostitute in Paris and drank heavily to cope with the humiliation she was subjected to. Sad and homesick, she died a lonely alcoholic on January 1 1816, probably of pneumonia. But even then she was to suffer indignity. Less than 24 hours after her death she was carved up by Baron Cuvier. He had her body cast in wax, dissected and her skeleton articulated. Her genitalia and brain were pickled and displayed at the Musee de l'Homme (Museum of Mankind). They were finally withdrawn from public view in 1974, and her remains were assigned to a storeroom and forgotten.

But some Africans never forgot Baartman. Nelson Mandela made a request to France in 1994 for her remains to be handed back. Her cause gained momentum amid post-apartheid South Africa's new awareness of tribal identity. All over the country, aboriginal peoples are asserting their heritage rights, claiming not only political and cultural recognition, but also the restitution of ancestral land and the protection of intellectual property rights. The San, once known as the bushmen of southern Africa, have successfully reclaimed historic tribal land and won a share in the proceeds of internationally marketed drugs made from their traditional medicinal plants. And now Baartman's Khoisan tribe, which has been recognized by the United Nations as an indigenous "First Nation," has won a victory for tribal recognition by securing the return of the 'Hottentot Venus' to South Africa.

t took years of negotiations and wrangling before a law was voted in on March 6 2002 allowing for her return. French legal analysts said the text was carefully worded to prevent it from being used in other cases. French Research Minister Roger-Gerard Schwartzenberg said: "France wants to restore the dignity of Saartje Baartman, who was humiliated as a woman and exploited as an African." Ambassador Thuthukile Skweyiya stated:
"Saartje Baartman is beginning her final journey home, to a free, democratic, non-sexist and non-racist South Africa. She's a symbol of our national need to confront our past and restore dignity to all our people."

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Almost 200 years after she suffered indignity and hardship in Europe, a box containing Baartman's remains, draped in a South African flag and flanked by six Khoisan children, was wheeled into Cape Town airport in May 2002.

A poem for Sarah Baartman

"I've come to take you home -
home, remember the veld?
the lush green grass beneath the big oak trees
the air is cool there and the sun does not burn.
I have made your bed at the foot of the hill,
your blankets are covered in buchu and mint,
the proteas stand in yellow and white
and the water in the stream chuckle sing-songs
as it hobbles along over little stones.

I have come to wrench you away -
away from the poking eyes
of the man-made monster
who lives in the dark
with his clutches of imperialism
who dissects your body bit by bit
who likens your soul to that of Satan
and declares himself the ultimate god!

I have come to soothe your heavy heart
I offer my bosom to your weary soul
I will cover your face with the palms of my hands
I will run my lips over lines in your neck
I will feast my eyes on the beauty of you
and I will sing for you
for I have come to bring you peace.

I have come to take you home
where the ancient mountains shout your name.
I have made your bed at the foot of the hill,
your blankets are covered in buchu and mint,
the proteas stand in yellow and white -
I have come to take you home
where I will sing for you
for you have brought me peace."

~Diana Ferrus~

Her burial ceremony was on August 9 2002, Women's Day.

Vienna Declaration from the 1st Black European Women's Congress

Declaration of the Black European Women´s CongressVienna,
27 – 29th September 2007

We Black European Women from 16 EU Member States, and Switzerland, gathered in Vienna from 27 – 29th September 2007 within the framework of the European Year for Equal Opportunities for All; under the initiative of AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives (Austria) and coorganised by Tiye International, (The Netherlands) hereby announce the creation of the Black European Womens Network (BEWNET).

We, Black European Women, insist on the recognition of the crucial role played by Black Women economically, politically, culturally and socially in the European context. We are determined to implement and mainstream Black Women´s Empowerment in Europe as a core policy issue.

Our gathering here is an indication of the necessity for the EU to dialog with Black Women’s Organisations EU-wide. The European Year for Intercultural Dialog therefore presents an opportunity to initiate and strengthen partnerships and alliances. We welcome purposeful efforts to engage with the EU in the implementation and in consequence in the securing and exercising of our Rights as full citizens of the EU and EEA.Black European Women Congress 2007 Recommendations to the EU

1. Identity and Empowerment• Despite the legal framework, forms of multiple discrimination, including gendered racism, continue to exist. The Black European Women Congress recommends the enforcement and implementation of Article 13 to eradicate all forms of discrimination across all member states.

2. Challenges faced by Black youths• Educational System and Civil Services must incorporate Anti-Racism training and qualification for personnel at all levels and recruit Black professionals. In addition, we recommend to set up legal guidelines for all public and corporate educational institutions to offer anti-racist material, services and curriculum.

3. Psychological conflicts affecting black communities especially Black women and children • The Black European Women Congress recognizes mental health as a primary issue pertaining to Black communities dealing with racism. Government must provide financial and structural means to allow the establishment of autonomous institutions that provide mental health care for Black people dealing with the effects of racism.

4. Current Barriers of Black Women to the European Labour Market• Companies and employers are required to implement Human Resources measures and tools designed to recruit Black personnel reflecting the diversity they express in their mission statements.

5. Political Participation• Development of programs which assure, support and include appropriate political representation and participation of Black women.

Read more about the congress on Adrianne George's blog at:

Sisters in Spirit

Sisters in Spirit

(Artist/ Author Synthia Saint James)

Self-taught Artist/Author, Synthia SAINT JAMES was born in 1949 in Los Angeles, California. Her professional career as an artist began in 1969 in New York City where she sold her first commissioned paintings.Today she is an internationally recognized fine artist. You'll find her work on over 60 book covers (including books by Alice Walker, Terry Mc Millan, Iyanla Vanzant and Julia Boyd), and on several licensed products.
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Ancestry Embraced, Nations United
All Movements Have A Beginning

(Veronica Henry)

Members of the African Diaspora have a place to connect, educate and empower through the use of an interactive online news and information network. There is a new hope for the millions of Africans and members of the African diaspora, separated by time, history and space. Spurred by the information age, will serve as the premier news, information and networking presence online.Read more

Afro European Sisters Network (AESN)

The Afro European Sisters Network
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A site that focuses on networking black women in and outside of Europe. As women tell their stories it allows others to learn lessons from their lives. Sharing this knowledge will also empower women with the ability to become one.

To make this site successful I need your help.
If you have something to share or you want something published please email it to :

You will read about experiences of black women. Reading the stories of these women will hopefully motivate other black women to express their lives also. The more knowledge shared the more there is to learn. This will create a network where black women can improve themselves by achieving goals an having an overall better way of living.

Please do not think only business women can share their experiences. I want every black woman from all classes. You don't have to be successful to get some space on my site. If you feel that you can share something please do!!!!! This site is for all black women (other women are also welcome to this site).

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Evolution of Black Women 1

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Adrianne George and me on OOVOO
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African History Part 1

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African History Part 3

African History Part 4