Inflation. It’s affecting the prices of almost everything, especially groceries and energy prices. Menstrual products were already considered to be expensive 3 years ago, but with inflation, the prices have spiked even more. With an increasing number of people unable to afford menstrual products, it is no surprise that some countries have taken this issue up. Following this, even some universities have decided to make period products free. Universities in Utrecht, Tilburg, Radboud, Twente and other cities have made the decision to start offering free period products.
Protests are by no means new to Amsterdam, a city deeply marked by civic actions from its bike lanes to its law books. But where there are crowds with banners and demands for change, there are often cops in riot gear. The police’s equipment may have evolved since their clashes with hippies in the 70’, but their methods seem to have a depressing consistency about them, as UvA student protesters found out this Monday night.
The ‘Universitaire sport centrum’, USC for short, broadened its martial arts offer! This year, USC opened a boxing school for all kinds of people who are passionate or eager to learn boxing and kickboxing.
The project started this October as a result of a collaboration between USC and the Amsterdam Municipality, which reached an agreement to lend space for 8 years to the gym, with the goal to create a community hall for youth.
Only 5% of students and 6% of staff members at the UvA have a non-western background, and only 26% of professors are women. All of this in a university that prides itself on diversity and being internationally oriented. It’s safe to say things need to start changing for the better. Youvatoday Spoke to Ibrahim Kamara, a black student in a predominately white course who’s been actively involved in opening the conversation, so we could get his opinion on how the university can improve its diversity for the better.
In late May student elections were once again held and the results are in. On average 15% of the student voted for their faculty councils and 11% of total students voted for the Central Student Council (CSR). Or about 6.500 and 4.510 students respectively. A shockingly low number that in any democracy would lead to questions about the system. This all leads to the question: what can the UvA do to increase student participation?
The UvA students held an unannounced protest at Roeterseilandcampus on Tuesday, June 7th, to bring attention to the meagre sum of money that the government has decided to give to students. The rally was held to promote the large protest that will take place at Dam Square on June 11th.