Genoeg Gezwegen 2020

Our #genoeggezwegen2020 is about experiences in the Dutch birthcare system. However, we would like for everyone (also non-Dutch-speaking) to tell their story. If you would like help translating or submitting your story, please ask for help in our inbox at

Four years ago we started the #genoeggezwegen campaign, to raise attention against violence during and after labour. A subject people weren’t talking about. The responses we received were overwhelming; in just a few weeks we received 600 entries. Stories of women who experienced their labour as traumatic, stories of verbal and physical abuse during their labour, partners who were left powerless, caretakers who bravely looked back at their past actions. Hundreds of stories, all on one page.

Since 2016 a lot has changed. Still. every day we receive heart wrenching stories. We háve to give these women a voice, once again. We háve to listen. We will give them a public platform where they can safely share their experience. On November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are starting #genoeggezwegen2020.

You are not crazy, self centric. It is not your fault. Your labour matters and you have the right to be treated in a respectful manner. 
We will break the silence.

How to participate?

Write your story as short and clear as possible on letter size paper. Take a picture with your piece of paper (you can make the pic with or without your face visible), just as the example. 
You can submit your photo to the following address.

Of course we have a place for the caretakers as well. You can send an E-mail with your stories to with the #handineigenboezem. Please pay attention, only participate by sending an email with your story.

We ‘hope’ on receiving a lot of entries, just like last time, although it sounds quite strange. If you have any questions, or need any help please don’t hesitate to contact us. If this campaign brings up bad memories about your own labour; don’t hesitate to contact us. We handle every entry, message or phone call confidential.