Become a global changemaker in gender equality and SRHR* in a world that is rapidly warming up
*Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Are you a passionate VUB student who fights for gender equality and SRHR? Do you like campaigning? Are you also passionate about climate change and do you want to contribute to a powerful international movement? Then CHanGE - The Climate Edition needs you!
One global challenge cannot be separated from another. One of the most important issues that will determine the future of gender equality and sexual health is the climate crisis. In a world that is warming dramatically, inequalities are magnified mercilessly. The biggest victims of this climate crisis have the least responsibility in how much has been emitted historically and the least power in changing it.
CHanGE (Campaign for sexual Health and Gender Equality) is a project of UCOS committed to gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). It mobilises a broad public that may or may not be informed about gender, SRHR and inequality. To make this happen, CHanGE - The Climate Edition is looking for you, a committed VUB student, who together with 11 fellow students and the partners of CHanGE wants to make a difference through a research trip and a Belgian campaign in a world that is warming up faster and where not only women, but also people of colour, indigenous peoples and LGBTQ+ people are mainly standing on the barricades for a healthier environment.
On those barricades, worldwide, CHanGE - The Climate Edition wants to find positive stories, about courageous individuals and powerful movements patiently fighting for gender equality, sexual health on a changing planet.
As a passionate VUB student, you will get to know 11 fellow students during the preparation process, with whom you will form a close-knit group. In this group, you will share your knowledge on gender and SRHR, international solar identity, campaigning and especially climate and you will stir up each other's campaign fire. After the preparatory trajectory, you will leave in three groups to go abroad. During this research trip, you will be inspired by strong individuals and organisations working on change in the field of climate, gender and SRHR. Impressive travel destinations like DR Congo, Uganda, India, Cuba, Morocco and Lebanon have already been on the agenda in recent years.
You then use the inspiration you have gained from abroad for the Belgian campaign you are developing. Together with the two other groups, you look for a thematic thread in the stories between the three countries and the Belgian context. You take action through this innovative campaign, spread the foreign stories and suggest what we in Belgium can still learn from them. This way, you become a real CHanGE-maker and give the project the voice it deserves in society!
- An advocate for gender equality
- A committed advocate for sexual and reproductive health and equal rights
- A climate warrior
- A ton of ideas for campaigns
- Plenty of motivation to be part of one of the three project groups
- A desire to travel (when that becomes possible again)
- A true sense of team spirit
- A free diary in July / August
- A passion for gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights
What’s in it for you?
- An unforgettable overseas experience
- You’ll be part of a motivated working group that also acts as a firm friendship group
- You’ll have an important voice for gender equality and SRHR that will have an impact on society as a whole
- You’ll make an important contribution to a powerful international movement
*As an Urban Engaged University, we call upon our VUB community to help build a better world through social engagement. On the "The World Needs You" platform, the VUB collects socially meaningful projects on which students, staff, alumni and sympathisers can collaborate. These projects do not represent the university. The initiatives and communication are the responsibility of the project organisers and do not represent the university's position.