An inclusivity
initiative for us, from us.

 

Respect
 

Support
 

Empower
 


Founder's Story

On 18 April 2018, a Whatsapp group was created by the BLOG Founder who realised there was a lack of community for Black women living in Groningen (Netherlands). Her initial goal was to create a space that made it easier for Black women to connect in order to build friendships and provide support for each other. As an international student herself, she knew the difficulties attached to moving to a whole new country and wanted to build “a home away from home.” She understood the importance of solidarity and wanted to create a platform that, not only, made it easier for members to share their experiences with each other, but also one that promoted empowerment and sisterhood. BLOG has grown beautifully and is now a full-fledged organisation. We are committed to providing members with opportunities across vast areas in order to contribute to their general well-being and advancement on all levels of society. This includes, but is not limited to job, housing, and networking opportunities. We essentially help each other out with anything and everything! 

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About us
 


BLOG stands for Black Ladies of Groningen and is a community that allows us to take a break from the outside world together with people that understand and relate to us on every level.
 

Mission
 

 

  • To create a platform that allows our members to share experiences, empower, support, and connect with each other;
     

  • To raise awareness when necessary, and educate the public on topical and social issues that affect us;                                                

  • To contribute to the general well-being and growth of our members.

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Our vision is to expand our community both nationally and internationally. However, we hope that one day, society as a whole becomes a safe space so that communities such as BLOG would no longer be needed

Vision
 

Meet the Board

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Kimberley Chitando

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President

Kimberley Chitando is our President for the 2021/2022 board year and is from Harare, Zimbabwe. She is currently in the second year of her LLB International and European Law ( Honours ) studies at the University of Groningen. She aspires to work in the field of International Trade Law with a particular focus on the growth of the African economy. She’s passionate about social justice, equality and the rights of POC women. Her other interests include reading, investigative documentaries, travelling and good music!

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Marianne Slavenburg 

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Vice-President

Marianne Slavenburg is the Vice President and Treasurer for the 2021/2022 board year. She studies Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University College Groningen and is Majoring in health and Life Sciences. Her interests include Biology, Photography, and Travel. Marianne is also really passionate about social justice especially when it comes to gender equality and racial equality.

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Salma Ali 

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Secretary

Salma Ali is the secretary for the 2021/2022 board year. She studies International Business at Hanze UAS Groningen. She was born and raised in Finland but has Somali roots. Salma's interests include reading, crocheting, and programming.

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Gugulethu Mpofu

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Event - Coordinator

Gugulethu Mpofu is the Events Co-ordinator for the 2021/2022 board year. She is from Zimbabwe and is currently in the third year of her studies in International and European Law at the University of Groningen.She aspires to create platforms and networks where POC can be uplifted, acknowledged and valued. She enjoys cooking and the creativity it allows. She is also passionate about music, people and the empowering effect of storytelling by marginalised voices. 

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Pamela Mhovha 

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PR- Officer

Pamela Tendai Mhovha is one of the PR Officers for the 2021/2022 board year and is from Zimbabwe. She is currently in her third year of her studies, studying International and European law at the University of Groningen. She aspires to work in the field of Technology Law after her studies. Her interests include making videos, reading, listening to music and critiquing TV shows. Pamela is passionate about black women's empowerment issues and strives to make a difference in how black women are perceived. She believes that black women are so powerful and will shine if given the opportunity.

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Zendele Duvillard 

PR-Officer

Zendele Duvillard is one of the PR Officers for the 2021/2022 board year. She is currently in the third year of her studies, studying International Relations at the University of Groningen, and pursuing a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies with Criminology at the University of Amsterdam. She is passionate about decolonizing academia and empowering and uplifting the voices that have been silenced. Her interests include reading, writing, travelling, watching good shows and listening to good music. Zendele is also passionate about issues concerning the growth and development of black women and ensuring that black women understand that they belong. 

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Stacey Lamptey

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Founder 

Stacey Lamptey is the Founder of BLOG. She graduated with an LLB in International & European Law at the University of Groningen. She is a community builder/ organiser who is passionate about the empowerment of minorities. Her other interests include painting, reading novels, and engaging in meaningful conversations.