Religious Leaders

On this page we will share some of the insights and findings from the field, and give religious leaders and other interested readers an impression of this part of the research. Religion often plays an important role in the ways people shape their lives and the choices they make concerning sexuality and sexual well-being. Therefore, people may draw on teachings in their religious institutions as sources of guidance and inspiration, and contact their religious leader for counselling and advice. Religious leaders are often dedicated to offer teaching and advice, but may also find themselves in a position of lacking knowledge and expertise that is required.

What are themes and questions related to sexual well-being that are relevant to African-Dutch people in the Netherlands? How do religious leaders understand and approach sexual well-being in their congregations? Which methodologies are reported as fruitful? Which challenges are experienced and how are these challenges navigated by religious leaders? 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 […]

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 […]

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

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‘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 […]