Photo Exposition “Selling Strength” at MSM from 6 April – 4 May

4 May 2017

Opening event: 6 April 2017 at 16:30 at MSM, Endepolsdomein 150, Maastricht.
Professor Josette Dijkhuizen, Honorary Professor in Entrepreneurship Development at MSM, and Jeroen Berkhout, Communications consultant and photographer, travelled to refugee settlements in Lebanon and Jordan. As a result of these travels they have put together a photographic documentary that illustrates the powerful impact of women entrepreneurs in these camps on their surroundings.

About this Exposition
More than 3,000 little stores in Za’atari Refugee Camp are a visible demonstration of the entrepreneurial spirit of Syrian refugees in Jordan. Behind these stores there are Syrian women starting small businesses, selling self-made clothes, jewelry or other handmade products, as a necessary way to support their children and families.

As any photographic documentary this photo essay aims to offer an insight and educate. In this case it also aims to raise awareness for the beneficial effects of stimulating women entrepreneurship on economic and social problems in the world. The benefits are not only obviously economical, but women spend 60 to 90 percent more into education, healthcare and food for their families. Children of these entrepreneurial mothers are fed and are for example giving more opportunities to education. And, evenly important, they grow up with a strong role model which will also benefit future generations.

The Expo, consisting of around 30 photos, and exhibited at MSM until Thursday 4 May tells a story of courage, strength and taking matters in their own hands.

About Prof. Josette Dijkhuizen
Prof. Dijkhuizen is Honorary Professor in Entrepreneurship Development at MSM. She has founded a project called “Krachtbedrijf” whose aim is to assist survivors of violence to make a new start in their lives. The group of survivors consist of men and women who suffered domestic violence, human trafficking and refugees. For the future, ex-prisoners and teen moms are being considered. Prof. Dijkhuizen has worked with MSM to develop a specific entrepreneurship pilot project for migrants and refugees in the Netherlands. This consists of courses, mentoring, field visits and assistance in starting their own firms. This year MSM received a special commendation as runner up for the AMBA Innovation Award 2017. A key reason for this nomination were the projects of Prof. Josette Dijkhuizen on entrepreneurship and empowerment, including refugee entrepreneurship.

Launch Event
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Date: Thursday 6 April 2017
Place: Maastricht School of Management, Endepolsdomein 150, Maastricht 6229 EP

16:30 – 16:50 hrs. Welcome by the Dean of MSM, Professor Wim Naudé
16:50 – 17:00 hrs. Opening speech Governor of the Province of Limburg, Theo Bovens
17:00 – 17:20 hrs. Presentation about Selling Strength by Professor Josette Dijkhuizen
17:20 – 17:40 hrs. Commentary from her personal experiences working in Palestinian Refugee Settlements or ‘Gatherings’ by Nora Stel, Assistant Professor at MSM
17:40 – 18:00 hrs Closing remarks Prof. Josette Dijkhuizen
18:00 – 18:30 hrs Networking reception

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