Health Organizations

This part of our website is developed for organizations interested in our research on Dutch sexual health organizations. We will share some of our insightful experiences in the field, and we hope to give readers a more precise idea of what this part of the project actually consists of.  

There are many Dutch organizations working on the topic of sexual health, all featuring their own approach, method, and specialization. We seek to look through the eyes of such organizations, gathering their perspectives, stories, and understandings.

Below, the reader can find some reports from the field: stories that we present in an attempt to present an impression of the field of Dutch sexual health. What motivates the people working for sexual health organisations? What are the specific themes related to sexuality that are deemed particularly relevant in the contemporary Netherlands? What kind of activities do sexual health organizations organize and embark on, and what do these look like? By presenting stories here, we set out to provide some tentative answers to such questions.

Blog Post: Sexual well-being in the context of religious and cultural diversity

  Which assumptions and stereotypes around religion and migration influence sexual health care for (African) migrants in the Netherlands? In this blogpost Brenda Bartelink and Kim Knibbe investigate health disparities in the Netherlands against the background of approaches to religious and cultural diversity. A girl comes home and asks her mother: “What is sex?” Her […]

Report and Policy Brief Launched!

    On September 19th the Cultural Encounters team will present a research Report and Policy Brief during a Policy Briefing organized at the Dutch Institute for Demographics (NIDI) in The Hague. Prof. Dr. Agyemang, Professor of Migration and Health at the Amsterdam Medical Center, Dr. Marianne Cense of Knowledge Centre Sexuality Rutgers will give […]

Policy Brief “Seksueel Welzijn in de context van culturele en religieuze diversiteit”

PolicyBrief_Seksueelwelzijn_CulturalEncounters De Policy Brief legt uit welke kansen en uitdagingen er zijn in de benadering van gezondheid en seksueel welzijn onder mensen met een Afrikaanse achtergrond, in bijzonder wat betreft de rol die religie daarin speelt. De Policy Brief behandelt drie thema’s • Van seksuele gezondheid naar seksueel welzijn • Normativiteit • Diversiteit en inclusieve […]

Policy Briefing Cultuur Sensitieve (Seksuele) Gezondheidszorg in Nederland

De Universiteit Groningen en het NIDI nodigen u van harte uit voor een Policy Briefing Cultuur Sensitieve (Seksuele) Gezondheidszorg in Nederland, op 19 september a.s. van 15:00 – 17:00 uur. Onderzoekers in het project Cultural Encounters in the African Diaspora in the Netherlands zullen hier het rapport Seksueel Welzijn in de context van Culturele en […]

An embodied education

Jelle Wiering /

An Embodied Education  I’m sitting in the corner of a classroom, watching five actors getting ready for their upcoming play. There is some tension among the actors and they appear a bit nervous. Each of them has her or his own way of preparing. Meanwhile, I am just looking around, observing the classroom: the tables […]

Designing the body. African-Dutch women’s narratives on health and wellbeing / / /

Credits: Gabriela Bustamante  Brenda Bartelink, researcher in our research team, has obtained a grant for a research and design project in which the stories of African-Dutch women are central. The lives and bodies of African-Dutch women in the Netherlands are often discussed in terms of problems around female circumcision, rushed or forced marriages or particular […]

Fieldwork encounters. Sharing research findings with religious leaders in The Hague. / /

‘We are getting a better grip, but it is like a culture shock at first’, says the Ghanaian Dutch pastor in response to a presentation by Jelle Wiering about sexuality education in The Netherlands. The presentation takes place in a meeting between the research team and small group of influential pastors, who are interested in […]

Blogs /

Senior researcher in our team, Brenda Bartelink, writes blogs that are inspired by the fieldwork and research for this project. Please find a selection below. The following two were written on Vice Versa, a magazine for people working in International Development Cooperation, and inspired by the fieldwork in the project:   This blog […]