Selma Franssen is a freelance journalist. Her work has been published by Charlie Magazine, OneWorld, De Morgen, De Standaard, The New Statesman, VPRO and Vice.

Basic information

Name
Selma Franssen
Expertise
Lifestyle, Psychology
Country
Belgium
City
Brussel

Supported projects

No boy, no girl

  • Health
  • Science

Fourteen years ago, Karen * gave birth to a daughter. A girl like other girls, but with a Y-chromosome, that's how Karen describes it herself. This Y-chromosome caused her daughter to develop testicles during pregnancy. Her body was insensitive to the testosterone that the testicles produce, so she developed as a girl. Coincidentally, Karen knew that something like that sometimes happens. Shortly before the delivery, she saw a documentary about children born with a variation in sex characteristics. She was already startled by the lack of specific support for parents of these children.

The glass ceiling in science

  • Equal opportunities
  • Education
  • Science

BRUSSELS - The five Flemish universities have made considerable progress in the area of gender equality in recent years. Yet at this rate it would take until 2050 before there is gender balance among academic staff. Only slightly more than one in four professors in Flanders is female - while there is no shortage of highly educated women.