DWARS, GroenLinkse Jongeren is the Dutch independent political youth organisation affiliated with GroenLinks. GroenLinks (“GreenLeft”) is the green party in the Netherlands. We believe in a green, social and free society for everyone. The objective of our organisation is to familiarise young people with politics in a fun and engaging way. Furthermore, we try to influence Dutch politics through our contact with Groenlinks, the media and political actions.
We are the DWARS International Committee, and we are working to bring DWARS and Groenlinks to international students throughout Groningen. It is our belief that there are too many barriers in place to prevent international students from engaging fully in Dutch student life, and it is important to us that these barriers do not extend to politics. We organise English language events focussed on a range of topics, from the housing situation in Groningen to more universal topics like the environmental crisis. These events are open to all who are interested, whether you want to become more active or simply learn about how the Dutch political system works.
Whether you are a full-time international student in Groningen, and exchange student, or a Dutch student looking to get more involved with the international situation in Groningen – please do not hesitate to get in touch or come to one of our events in the near future. If you are interested in getting involved in green politics in Groningen or have a passion for solidarity, sustainability and social freedom, then there is plenty of space on our International Committee for you! The committee is still in development, but if you are interested, let us know by e-mailing email@example.com.
What we aim to create is a political platform that gathers together both international and Dutch student’s with the intention to discuss political issues that matter to us all, with topics ranging from the local all the way to the global. We strongly believe that international students who live and study here should have the opportunity to voice their concerns and participate in politics in order to enhance Groningen’s reputation as an international student city and make it more representative. Adding to this we are convinced that international students share a close affinity with Groningen, their place of study, and us a committee we wish to provide them the chance to actively engage with issues that concern them. Besides our political aspirations we hope to create a space in which international students can socialize with one and other, have fun and share their political ideas through a series of interactive lectures, workshops and drinks.
We are open-minded. We believe that everyone should have the freedom to be themselves. We want an inclusive society, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Moreover, we belief that people should have the rights to decides about their own body, we advocate for abortion rights and the right to euthanize.
We are a social party. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunities. The heaviest burden is carried by the people or companies that can handle it. The current unequal society is very visible in the field of education. We want to fight this divide, to ensure that even if your from a low-income household you still have the possibility to succeed in the education system. We also believe in a social immigration policy, we are a welcoming country where we help people integrate into society.
We believe in a green future. There is no room for the big industries that pollute our earth, we want to invest in green solutions like solar power. Not only the energy sector has to improve, our food supply should also be more sustainable. We want to protect all the nature we have, it is good for public health and the health of our planet.
Hi, my name’s Eimear and I’m currently in my Second Year of studying European Languages and Cultures. I’m originally from Ireland, and I can’t wait to get stuck into DWARS and all the great things they do. Activism has always been something I loved and found really important, and it’s awesome that I have been able to get as involved as I have, especially considering the barriers you can sometimes face as an international student in a foreign country.
I’m Tom, a 21-year-old international student from the UK and am also in my second year, studying ELC. I joined the international committee because believe that DWARS should be an association for all students who have an interest in politics on the local, national, or global level.
I’m Elte, and I am in the board of DWARS. I have think this committee is very important because it connects the international character of Groningen with the importance of local politics.
Hi my name is Thomas and I’m a 22-year-old student in his second year studying International Relations and Organizations. Being half Dutch and half Cypriot, i know what it feels like to be in between two different cultures, that’s why i joined the international committee in DWARS in order to bridge the gap between the international community and the Dutch one through organizing shared social events and political discussions. Can’t wait to see you all there!