International Women's Day Festival 2018

In honor of International Women’s Day 2018, Women’s March The Netherlands and Studio K/ bring you International Women’s Day Festival in /K, a day of grassroots inspiration, feminist information, and personal motivation. The program is filled with workshops, discussions, performances, art, speeches, poetry and music. 

Please note: the festival is bilingual (Dutch and English). Session descriptions will indicate default language.

  • LIMITED SEATING: Some sessions (with a link for reservations) have limited seats, so reserve your free spot as soon as possible.
  • THE FESTIVAL IS FREE: Food and beverages at the bar and dinner in SkekCafe will require payment as usual.
  • CHECK THE SCHEDULE: We have several rooms in Studio/K and parallel sessions, so make sure you’ve got the time and location right.

Practical Information


March 11, 2018: 12:30 pm – 01:00 am



(Map Below)

Timorplein 62
1094 CC Amsterdam

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Schedules are subject to change. Please check back regularly and/or RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest updates and changes.


12:00 – 14:00 Women in Politics debate (NL)
by Platform ZijN and Women’s March
Hosted by Fatima Elatik, the debate explores crucial questions and solutions by municipalities.

Participants: Sylvana Simons (BIJ1), Sophie Schers (GroenLinks), Marianne Poot (VVD), Aysegul Kilic (DENK) Marijn Bosman (D66) and Patricia Wouda (CDA). The audience is encouraged to weigh in.


14:45 -15:00 Break.

15:00 -15:30 Fighting for trans & sex worker rights and AIDS awareness (ENG)
by Dinah de Riquet-Bons
Dinah de Riquet-Bons (47) is an LGBTQI+, HIV/AIDS, sex work activist as well as the PvDA Amsterdam district and city council candidate. She serves on the board of PROUD Nederland, and as a duo chair for Trans United Nederland. During this session, she will talk about the crucial rights for trans & sex worker rights and HIV/AIDS awareness.

15:30 -16:00 Becoming an activist for refugee and migrant women (ENG)
by Anila Noor
Anila Noor is a Women and Refugee Rights activist and researcher. She is a fellow of the the Open City Fellowship and recently became a member of European Migrant Advisory Board, the Urban Agenda for the EU, and a policy adviser on integration for the City of Amsterdam. She will share her experiences as a human rights and refugee activist to help women across the world.

16:00 -16:30 Building a platform for young professional women (ENG)
by Lotte Rensen
Lotte Rensen (30) is the founder of Ambitieuze Meisjes (Ambitious Girls), the biggest online community for young female talent in the Netherlands. As project leader and Digital Expert at Rutgers, she works on sexual and reproductive rights on an international level and is involved in several other initiatives. Drawing from her own experiences, she encourages girls and women to take that next step in their career.

16:30 -17:00 Break

17:00 -18:00 Building change together; townhall discussion
by W.A.V.E. (Wij Activisten Voor Emancipatie)
W.A.V.E. is a new Dutch initiative, born from grassroots organizations intent to work together in an inclusive way. During this session, they will talk about how to get involved in social change and how to make this impact last. Responding to questions from many people, they will also reflect on how you can contribute when you are new to activism or trying to find your way within intersectional feminist circles. Introduction by House of Representatives member (Tweede Kamerlid) Kirsten van den Hul (PvdA).

18:00 – 19:30 Break.

19:30 – 21:00 The Female Body in Transit (ENG)
by Patricia Schor & Neyde Lantyer
Scholar and cultural critic Patricia Schor & visual artist Neyde Lantyer, together with writer Hodan Warsame and visual artist Renata de Andrade, bring you an intervention focusing on the unsettling bodily experience of womxn of colour– niet-Westerse allochtone vrouwen – in-between spaces of political and affective belonging. 


22:00 – 23:30 Live performances: no reservations needed
Pravani, an inimitable hiphop, rock and soul infused singer/songwriter
Marikit, a remarkable Filipina Hip Hop artist based in Utrecht.

23:30 – 01:00 After party sponsored by Club Church
by DJ Bo Monde 
After a day of building feminist skills and getting inspired by the stories by an amazing and varied group of people, what better than to let loose and dance with reigning Miss Gay Holland, DJ Bo Monde. Her top shelf mixing and genre bending eclectic music will have you up and moving!


12:00-13:30 Women in the ‘Hirak’
by Marokkaanse Vrouwen Vereniging Nederland -MVVN
Lina Charif, Warda el Ajjouri and Farida Houdoe reflect on the activism by the ‘Hirak achaabi’ movement in Al Hoceima, Morocco. We will listen and speak to women who are part of the movement and those who have followed the developments closely.


14:00 -14:45 Mindfulness Session
by Chantal Koelewijn
Chantal Koelewijn teaches us to take a step back and reach for practical tools to find a moment of ease in our busy lives. Through calm breathing, being aware of your thoughts and focusing on the here and now, she will guide the group through an session to find some down-time.

Full description

14:45 – 15:00 Break.

15:00 – 16:30 Workshop: Bystander Intervention (NL + ENG)
by Hollaback! NL
(Language depends on the group in attendance. Limited seating)
Hollaback! NL teaches you what to do when you are a bystander to harassment in public spaces. This workshop demonstrates how each individual has the power to make the community safer and to protect themselves!


16:30 – 17:30 Love Matters Sex Quiz
by LoveMatters
Come test your skills and knowledge with your friends at the workshop that covers all things related to love, sex and relationships, hosted by Love Matters. Love Matters, the flagship program of RNW media, is an online sex education platform to sex education abroad. They offer science based information on love, sex and relationships to youth in India, Kenya, China, Egypt and Mexico via their website and other online social platforms.

17:30 – 18:00 Break.

18:00 – 19:00 project and workshop (NL + ENG)
by Godelieve Smulders
Artist Godelieve Smulders created a “universal symbol against rape” as a way for anyone to take individual action without saying a word. Come hear why, and create a hand sculpture of your own.

19:00 – 19:30 Break.

Four performances: “Mankement”, “Grab me by the pussy”, “T.U.I.G: Ter Uitroeiing van het Inferieure Geslacht” and “Iphigenia – a pole tragedy”
Performed and created by Alidtcha Binazon (Acteurs opleiding Amsterdamse Toneel & Kleinkunst Academie) and Bodine Sutorius (Mime training Amsterdam).

”T.U.I.G : Ter Uitroeiing van het Inferieure Geslacht’

Performed and created by Emma Buysse and Maria Marbus (Acteurs opleiding Toneelacademie Maastricht & Performance opleiding aan de Toneelacademie Maastricht).

“Grab me by the pussy”

Performed and created by Nikki Ong (Geschiedenis student Utrecht en speelt bij theatergezelschap DOX).
”Iphigenia – a pole tragedy”
Performed and created by Sofie Kramer (Regie opleiding aan de Toneelacademie Maastricht).


All day: art exhibition

13:00 – end ‘Nasawiya Electronica’ (ENG)
by Sarah Saleh, graphic designer and visual artist 
Hailing from Beirut, Lebanon, Sarah presents a bilingual journal featuring works of emerging cyber feminist art in the Middle East, where women use technology and social media to express their freedom. Revolting against stereotypes and categorizations from the West on ‘Arab Art’, Nasawiya Electronica aims to eliminate the oppressed image of women in the MENA region and close the gap between the West and the East.

14:00 – 16:00 hrs: Publishing house/ Uitgeverij Chaos 

Skafe area

12:00 – 18:00 Let’s get creative! (NL + ENG)
Throughout the day into the evening, there will be small scale creative workshops, such as making zines (independent magazines) and a story telling workshop. Throughout the day into the evening, there will be small scale creative workshops, such as making magazines. 

20:00 – 21:30 Art interlude with live body-painting

by artist Helen Roeten 
Defining herself as a ‘sensual artist’, Helen Roeten’s work is a colorful celebration of womanhood, bodies, power and love.

18:00 – 22:30 Mevrouw Cous catering
In the kitchen of Studio/K you will find a mix of women from different backgrounds, brought together by social culture caterer Mevrouw Cous. Enjoy home-cooked dishes from all over the world, that carry the flavors and history of their nations within them. Prices range from 8 to 12 euros.

Contributions by

Patricia Schor & Neyde Lantyer

Patricia Schor is a Brazilian-born migrant to the Netherlands. She a scholar of Portuguese colonialism and racism, who has been working comparatively with Dutch colonialism and the afterlife of slavery in the Netherlands. Patricia is an anti-racist intersectional feminist activist. At the moment she is searching for new languages to reflect on migration and womxnhood, racism and Eurocentrism, space and the body. For a selected list of her publications, see:

Neyde Lantyer is a Brazilian visual artist, an activist and an independent researcher on photography, memory and women, living as a migrant in the Netherlands. Her artwork departs from personal experiences, intimacy and belonging to address feminism, socio-politics, immigration and (symbolic) exclusion. She is interested in social and personal relationships while contemplating the wide range of the photographic image as aesthetics, language, recollection, document, object and symbol of mass culture, in relation to the shift from analogue to digital image-making. More info:


Music & Performances

There will be live music performances by Pravini, Marikit, and others. Then let loose and dance with reigning Miss Gay Holland, DJ Bo Monde. Her top shelf mixing and genre bending eclectic music will have you up and moving (sponsored by Club Church)!




Promo Video

And a Special Thank You to All of Our Volunteers!