Orange the World: Visible and invisible violence against women

  • Date: 09 December 12:30 - 13:30
  • Location: WijnhavenSpaanse Trap

On 25 November, the global 16-day campaign 'Orange the World' against violence against women and girls started. Leiden University will also be paying attention to this campaign. On Friday 9 December, Renate van der Zee and Marieke Liem will give a lecture at the Campus The Hague (Spanish Steps, Wijnhaven) on visible and invisible violence against women.

During this lecture, Renate van de Zee and Marieke Liem will show the many faces of violence against women. Liem will do so by giving an overview of the most visible form, namely the murder of women worldwide. Van der Zee, on the other hand, will address hidden forms: exploitation, manipulation, and coercion among a very vulnerable group: sex workers. As a journalist, Renate van der Zee has done research into women working as sex workers. By speaking with numerous women, she has managed to expose some common myths about sex workers. As a Professor of Violence and Interventions, Marieke Liem conducts research on violence, including international comparative research on the murder of women. She has demonstrated that the stereotypical image of 'husband beats his wife to death out of jealousy' is not always true.


Renate van der Zee is a journalist who writes books and reports on topics such as women's rights, honour violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and prostitution.

She also writes major interviews, guest columns, blogs, and reports on many other topics, for instance in the field of art and culture, and for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. She became known for her book Eerwraak in Nederland (Honour killings in the Netherlands) (2010).

Marieke Liem is a Professor of Safety and Interventions at Leiden University, where she and her team coordinate the Dutch Homicide Monitor. Her research interests relate to interpersonal violence, with specific research projects on family homicide (including partner homicide, child homicide, and family homicide), the relationship between violence and mental illness, homicide followed by suicide, the effects of long-term incarceration on violent offenders, and international comparative research on lethal violence.

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Attendance at the lecture is free, but please register via this form.

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