1:1 with God

1:1 with God

Recently, I had a 1:1 with God. The motivation was a piece about Bessel van der Kolk and Zomergasten that I published on BNNVARA, Joop in which I spoke about repressed traumas. That got me thinking about my very last detox round. Was detoxing still necessary, or did I already reach the finish line?  Because…

Integrity manager plays a central role within organizations (Dutch)

Integrity manager plays a central role within organizations (Dutch)

More and more organizations are taking their integrity policy seriously. Appointing an integrity manager plays a central role within organizations. The House for Whistleblowers (Huis voor Klokkenluiders, HvK) has defined a profile to educate and meet expectations. Integrity is an important topic for organizations. Employers are expected to take the necessary integrity measures, such as…

Government should control Orthodox communities better

Government should control Orthodox communities better

The New York Times presents an extraordinarily strong portrait of the Hasidic, or Jewish ultra-Orthodox communities in New York and how secular education is kept out of their schools. Closed-up communities that are more than familiar to me, including the applied forms of physical and mental coercion, the abuses in which one plays one’s own…

More women than men have been appointed as supervisory board members

More women than men have been appointed as supervisory board members

More women than men have been appointed as supervisory board members of listed companies in the Netherlands. This is a first as concluded by the Female Board Index 2022. An annual record is made of the male-female ratio in listed companies. 85 new commissioners were appointed this year. 55 percent were women. 89 Dutch companies…

More gender and looks related comments online towards women

More gender and looks related comments online towards women

Social media are ubiquitous in today’s society. The anonymity of posts seems to foster blaming others and falsely accusing individuals. The study presented in the Dutch article ‘The online platform as a megaphone‘ investigates posts on online platforms that address female and male professionals, including politicians, mayors, lawyers and scholars. The researchers compaired the contents…

Australian national plan to legislate against coercive control

Australian national plan to legislate against coercive control

Australia’s state and territory attorney-generals have agreed to create a national plan to address coercive control after meeting with federal counterpart Mark Dreyfus. “A stain on our national soul,” said the prime minister of Australia. Perpetrators could face seven years’ of jail time under the New South Wales coercive control laws. When is the Netherlands going…

First ever global policy on girls’ and young women’s activism

First ever global policy on girls’ and young women’s activism

UN Human Rights Council’s landmark new policy document on girls’ and young women’s activism is an important step towards making sure that they are recognized as drivers of change. Moreover, that they have the space to safely, equally and meaningfully make their voices heard. Girls and young women advocate on the front lines of movements for social…

Mea culpa from Pope Francis towards indigenous children in Canadian boarding schools

Mea culpa from Pope Francis towards indigenous children in Canadian boarding schools

Recently, I wrote about how it is time for a massive mea culpa from religious leaders. Now, I read about the mea culpa from Pope Francis towards the indigenous children in the Canadian boarding schools. The pope called what happened to those children genocide. Yet, many believe that words are just words and that the…

Independent research needed for cases of abuse in Dutch women’s prisons

Independent research needed for cases of abuse in Dutch women’s prisons

Dutch lawyer Johan Oosterhagen has been researching abuses in women’s prisons for over 1.5 years. He also spoke about it with Dutch Minister of Legal Protection, called Franc Weerwind. On the back of that conversation, the Justice and Security Inspectorate (‘Inspection’) has now announced that an investigation will follow to find out how much of…

Almost 1 in 2 women in the EU have experienced psychological violence

Almost 1 in 2 women in the EU have experienced psychological violence

European Institute for Gender Equality, the EIGE’s latest report on coercive control and psychological violence across the EU Member States states that almost one in two women in the EU have experienced psychological violence. In the midst of that, increased criminalization measures are starting to be put in place. The Dutch government, for example, will provide a…

It’s time for apologies from those bearded men

It’s time for apologies from those bearded men

Never in history has a Jewish Orthodox leader stood up and declared: mea culpa for the suffering we have inflicted on individuals – especially women – through our power structures and age-old, all-important, religious rules. Mea culpa for short-term suffering in life, for example caused by a lack of self-determination. And mea culpa for long-term…

Racial discrimination affects the brain

Racial discrimination affects the brain

A new study shows that the experience of racial discrimination affects the microstructure of the brain, as well as it increases the risk for health disorders. The study, led by Negar Fani, PhD, Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Atlanta, GA, USA, appears in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, published by Elsevier. Racial discrimination…

How do you best behave in the workplace? Podcast (Dutch)

How do you best behave in the workplace? Podcast (Dutch)

The summer is magic! Een zomerproject in samenwerking met podcast De Nieuwe Knikkers – Payments, Loyalty & Retail en Arlette Broex en Gertjan Rösken. Weet jij het nog? Hoe gedraag je je nu het beste op de werkvloer? In gesprek met Dina-Perla Portnaar. Deze keer een speciale summer edition met food for thoughts. Iets om over na te denken als je…

Different Dutch student bonds decide to stop hazing

Different Dutch student bonds decide to stop hazing

The board of different Dutch student bonds decided to stop hazing. According to diverse investigations, different disputes were guilty of massive assault and humiliation. Awareness and drastic culture change must be stimulated in the coming period, also around the culture of keeping silent. In fact, more student bonds are putting consequences in place, not just…

Could moral enhancement technologies solve aggression?

Could moral enhancement technologies solve aggression?

It is a mistake to think problematic aggression is limited to those with psychiatric disorders. Healthy people have the capacity for impulsive violence – and resulting “morally” poor behavior. Traditionally, moral development has been facilitated by social institutions such as religion, education and societal convention. But technology could change this. If scientists could identify the…

Plea for philosophical professional ethics

Plea for philosophical professional ethics

On 3rd June 1992, Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs called Ien Dales gave a speech and pleaded for more integrity within public administration. In the years that followed, integrity was also explicitly on the agenda within the private sector. Exactly thirty years after Dales’ plea, Edgar Karssing, professor of Philosophy, Professional Ethics and Integrity Management…

Solutions to challenges in the search for good staff are within reach (Dutch)

Solutions to challenges in the search for good staff are within reach (Dutch)

Een oplossing voor uitdagingen in de zoektocht naar goed personeel ligt binnen handbereik. Volwaardige diensten van een recruitmentbureau kunnen tegen een lagere prijs per maand dan het salaris van een recruiter worden geboden. Growth Busters vult namelijk de huidige, groeiende wervingsbehoefte in Nederland in door middel van moderne automation-technieken en datagedreven aanpakken. Meestal is Growth…

United Kingdom: backsliding on human rights must be prevented

United Kingdom: backsliding on human rights must be prevented

“Legal reforms should not weaken human rights protections in the United Kingdom”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, following a five-day visit to the country (27 June to 1 July), which focused on the system for human rights protection, the situation in Northern Ireland and children’s rights. The proposed repeal…

Spanking violates children’s rights. Canada still allows it

Spanking violates children’s rights. Canada still allows it

Despite self-conceptions, Canada is far from the best when it comes to children’s rights. A 2020 UNICEF report card measuring the well-being of children and youth in wealthy countries ranked Canada 30th out of 38 nations. And unbeknownst to many, Canada has an exemption in their Criminal Code, Section 43, that permits parents to hit their children. Read…

Study finds millions may not recognise coercive control

Study finds millions may not recognise coercive control

Four in ten (43%) British adults say their understanding of coercive control is poor or non-existent, according to a new study commissioned by Vodafone and domestic abuse charity Hestia as part of a campaign to raise awareness and provide support to anyone affected. The campaign, called ‘It’s Not Nothing’, has been created by Vodafone Foundation and aims to…

Serious abuses at slaughterhouse in the province of Utrecht

Serious abuses at slaughterhouse in the province of Utrecht

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has identified serious abuses at a medium-sized slaughterhouse in the province of Utrecht. For example, an employee has been caught bulling animals by stepping on them, hitting and kicking them. The business process has been stopped and the so-called slaughterhouse accreditation has been suspended. It is…

Abuse in top sport (Dutch)

Abuse in top sport (Dutch)

We hear more and more about transgressive behavior in the world of sports, in other words, about abuse in top sport. From gymnastics to hockey and judo. Likewise, from physical and verbal abuse to sexual abuse. Read this interesting article and have a look at the documentary called the Gouden Lichting via broadcast VPRO.

US Supreme Court ruling on abortion ‘huge blow’ to women’s rights

US Supreme Court ruling on abortion ‘huge blow’ to women’s rights

United Nations: The UN human rights chief has termed the US Supreme Court ruling that overturned the constitutional right to abortion as a massive blow to women’s human rights and gender equality, as UN agencies warned that restricting access to abortion does not prevent people from seeking it but simply makes it more deadly. In…

Study reveals how intellectual humility influences existentially-relevant moral decisions

Study reveals how intellectual humility influences existentially-relevant moral decisions

Intellectual humility affects how people make moral decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of a cross-cultural experiment published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. “Research on humility has been on the rise. However, I wanted to focus on topics where people tend to get rather entrenched and situations where people may have…

In love, engaged, married, divorced (Dutch)

In love, engaged, married, divorced (Dutch)

Family honor and law in starting and ending relationships Op 8 september vindt bij Avans Hogeschool de presentatie plaats van het boek ‘Verliefd, Verloofd, Getrouwd, Gescheiden: Familie-eer en het recht bij het starten en verbreken van relaties’. De presentatie wordt gegeven aan de Onderwijsboulevard in Den Bosch. Het boek is tot stand gekomen in opdracht…

Artificial Intelligence and children’s rights

Artificial Intelligence and children’s rights

Researchers, policymakers and industry should involve children and their caregivers when designing new policies and initiatives dealing with artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies. This is the main recommendation of a recently published JRC report on Artificial Intelligence and the Rights of the Child. Artificial intelligence-based internet and digital technologies offer children many opportunities but, if not properly…

Human rights council discusses menstruation for the first time

Human rights council discusses menstruation for the first time

Human Rights Council 50th Session – panel discussion on menstrual hygiene management, human rights and gender equality Excellencies, friends, I am pleased to address you on a topic the Human Rights Council is discussing for the very-first time. In the last decade, a vibrant and diverse menstrual movement has emerged across the world. This movement…

Housing, cities and children’s rights

Housing, cities and children’s rights

Adequate housing is a right of every person — regardless of age, gender, race, or income level — and is the foundation for all human development, well-being and survival, as recognized by Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or UDHR. As a leading global organization committed to adequate housing for all, Habitat has collaborated with the…

Dramatic impact internet shutdowns on human rights

Dramatic impact internet shutdowns on human rights

The dramatic real-life effects of internet shutdowns on people’s lives and human rights have been vastly underestimated, the UN Human Rights Office warns in a new report issued. The report urges states not to impose internet shutdowns. “Too often, major communication channels or entire communication networks are slowed down or blocked,” the report states, adding that…

Muel Kaptein’s body of work in Journal of Business Ethics

Muel Kaptein’s body of work in Journal of Business Ethics

Muel Kaptein, professor of business ethics at RSM Erasmus University, may be our Dutch diva of integrity and compliance. He worked really hard and accomplished a lot throughout the years. Recently, he shared his body of work in the Journal of Business Ethics. A clear overview: 1998: Twelve Gordian knots when developing an organizational code…

Towards a separate criminalization of psychological abuse? (Dutch)

Towards a separate criminalization of psychological abuse? (Dutch)

The Minister for Legal Protection, also on behalf of the Minister of Justice and Security and the State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sports, has prepared a research report with the title: ‘Towards a separate criminalization of psychological abuse? Pros and cons. The report was sent to the House of Representatives, by the Open University…

Human rights due diligence update

Human rights due diligence update

Human rights due diligence allows companies to proactively manage potential adverse human rights impacts, thus unsafe and unhealthy working conditions for workers, child labor and forced labor. They are involved in those, either through their activities or through its operations, products or services by its business relationships. According to the Office of the United Nations…