A safe and inclusive
space for Black womxn
B.L.O.G began as a Whatsapp group in which we often discourse on a range of socially relevant topics, and offer each other help or advice on things such as finding accommodation, job opportunities, hair services etc. We essentially help each other out with anything and everything!
BLOG stands for Black Ladies of Groningen and serves as a safe space that allows us to take a break from the outside world and discuss our struggles as Black womxn without fear of our experiences being minimized.
To create an inclusive platform that allows womxn from African and Caribbean decent the city to feel safe, share their perspectives, raise awareness when necessary, and educate the public on topical and social issues that affect us. BLOG is inclusive of all Black womxn in as such that it is anti-ableist, and queer inclusive.
Our vision is to establish an inclusive community for womxn of African and Caribbean decent all over the Netherlands. Additionally we hope that one day society as a whole becomes a safe space and therefore communities such as BLOG would not be needed anymore
Meet the Board
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stacey Lamptey is the Founder of BLOG. She graduated with a LLB in International & European Law at the University of Groningen. She is a community builder/ organiser who is passionate about the empowerment of women and Black people. Her other interests include painting, reading novels, and engaging in meaningful conversations.