Why you should care about the Muslim headscarf ban

Normally I do not like to put labels on myself, but for this post I make an exception. I am Jewish, atheist, lesbian and a feminist, and I stand with Muslim women’s right to wear a headscarf.

In March 2017 the European Court of Justice judged in favour of employers right to deny employees to wear visible religious clothing, the case was brought forward by two Muslim women in France that were dismissed because of their headscarf…

Why should you care? One could argue that I shouldn’t bother as at it does not concern me.

How being online makes my offline world richer

Did you know that one of 60 million Europeans have never used the internet, and 45% of Europeans don’t have enough digital skills (Digital Scoreboard 2016)? This made me think about the fact that I take internet connection and my digital literacy for granted. It also made me reflect on how much my offline life is a result of my online communication and activities. Often we hear about the many ways internet steal our quality time offline, and don’t get me wrong, I too agree that we sometimes can end up wasting rather meaningless time online…

Toronto taught me about belonging

A month ago I reluctantly boarded my flight from Toronto back to Brussels. I had spent the winter holidays visiting friends in the city I once was a student. Going back, more than a decade later, gave me the same feeling I had then as now. A sense of belonging to the city, regardless if I was visiting for a week, a year, or whether I happened to be born there.