As part of the Leadership Lab, Honours College students sometimes get the opportunity to organize a College Tour event where a high-profile Dutch or International guest is interviewed. This event is based on the concept of the homonym Dutch TV show. The College Tour TV show is inspired by town hall meetings during United States elections where the majority of questions are asked by the audience. In the version in Groningen, the audience is composed of both students and the general public. Everyone gets the chance to ask their questions to the guest of the night. This format tries to build a communication ‘bridge’ between high-profile personalities and university students.
Rebecca Gomperts is a Dutch doctor and activist, who has won the Aletta Jacobs Prize 2022 of the University of Groningen (RUG) because of her fight for abortion rights and access to safe and legal abortion for women. Her organizations, Women on Waves, Women on Web, and Aid Access have managed to put abortion high on the political agendas of various countries around the world. Gomperts was even included in Most Influential People in the Time Magazine in 2020. This prize was presented to her on Tuesday 8 March 2022 (one day after the College Tour) by the Rector Magnificus of the RUG, Prof. Cisca Wijmenga.
After graduating from medical school, Gomperts worked as an abortion doctor at an abortion clinic in the Netherlands and with Greenpeace as a ship's doctor and environmental activist. The stories she heard during her internships in South America and Africa about unwanted pregnancies and the lack of access to safe, legal abortion inspired her to found Women on Waves in 1999. This organization consisted of a mobile clinic aboard a ship, bringing non-surgical abortion services and education to countries all around the world that didn't have them. The intention behind this organization is to help create a legal precedent in the gray areas of national abortion laws, reach all women who are denied help by their own doctors and physicians, and prevent the dangerous practice of illegal abortions.
The organization Women on Waves faced various challenges, which made it difficult to reach the women who needed its help. Therefore, Gomperts founded her second organization Women on Web in 2005. This is an online support service that helps women in countries where there are no safe abortion options to get a medical abortion. Women can ask all sorts of questions, from how to take the abortion pill to advice on contraceptives and even relationship counseling. Instead of delivering abortion pills via the sea, women on the web are using packages and drones to deliver pills and instructions for safe at-home abortions. In the year 2018, Aid Acces was founded, which provides access to medical abortion by mail in the United States and globally for women and trans men who may not otherwise have access to abortion or miscarriage management services.
Margrietus Johannes "Max" van den Berg (born 22 March 1946) is a Dutch politician and member of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA). After his Sociology studies at the University of Groningen, Max van den Berg became an alderman for culture, conservation, traffic, public works, public transport, housing and urban development in Groningen (1970-1978). Max had a big influence on how the city planning in Groningen currently is and recently got recognition in the news for this. He also got praised as one of the main sponsors of the nomination of Groningen to healthiest city in The Netherlands. Between 1979 and 1986 he was the chairman of the party (ed. PvdA) and from 1999 to 2007 he was a Member of the European Parliament. Between these two experiences he has been the secretary-general of the non-governmental organisation Novib (1986-1999). After his experience at the European Parliament, he was nominated first Queen’s and then King's Commissioner for the province Groningen. Role which he fulfilled until 2016. In the same year he received the honorary citizenship of Groningen as well as becoming an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. As King’s Commissioner he dedicated a lot of time and energy to the resolution of the earthquake case due to gas extraction in the Groningen province. Max is married to journalist and book author Geke van der Wal.
The prize winner of the Aletta Jacobs Prize 2020 was Khadjia Arib. Khadija Arib (1960) was born in Morocco and moved to the Netherlands when she was 15 years old. Nowadays she is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party and serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands since 2015.
On 8 March 2018, former minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, former chair of the PvdA party and current member of the Dutch Parliament, Lilianne Ploumen, received the Aletta Jacobs Prize 2018. This prize acknowledged her substantial contribution as a member of the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Advisory Council on Gender and Development from 2015 until 2017 and as creator of the 'She Decides' support fund. The 'She Decides' support fund is an international initiative to maintain essential facilities for women in the field of family planning.
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