Evien Tjabbes

Evien Tjabbes

The Netherlands

In ’80 I joined the women’s collective that organised the first lesbian conference ever in Amsterdam. From then on I stayed involved in both the ILIS secretariat and ILGA’s Women’s Secretariat in Amsterdam and participated in many international lesbian/gay conferences, chairing various plenary sessions. In ’82 I coordinated the Dutch demonstration in support of Eliane Morrissen.
I am an intercultural career counsellor & trainer.
At present I am a member of VTU(women against extradition) and board member & volunteer of Vesta: shelter for homeless refugee women and children in the Netherlands.
Last but not least: I love tai chi

Role Models from the past

Lesia Room, 2nd floor

How the lesbian herstory gives hope for the future To Be Lesbian. What does it mean? There are so many “rules” how a lesbian should be like. Stereotypes and mythos live not only inside the society but also inside the lgbt-community. Some of the stereotypes are positive. Strong. Smart. Successful. Other – negative. Alcoholic.  Complicated. […]


Behind the books – celebrating lesbian* and queer writers

History of Lesbian Movement in Europe

Lesbian* Main Room, 3rd Floor

Summary of the plenary: «History of Lesbian Movement in Europe» By Katherine O’Donnell A key measure of oppression is how a group is denied access to thinking of themselves as part of history; as inheritors of tradition; as involved in making communities and cultures that will have an enduring legacy. Lesbians have been marked by […]

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