“The Hague is special to me because it is where my thinking and world view evolved.”
“The Hague is special to me because it is where my thinking and world view evolved.”

The Twelve Ambassadors

Eva Oskam

General Information

Name: Eva Oskam​​
Nickname: Eef
Age: 22
Interests: Traveling, international politics/development, dancing
Favourite Quote: Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking. – Wangari Maathai
Favourite place in The Hague: Anna Paulownaplein/Piet Heinstraat- there is such a diverse crowd, cute little cafés and it really represents The Hague as I see it: diverse, friendly and beautiful.
Works/studies/lives in The Hague: I have lived in The Hague for 4 years now. It is where I studied and currently volunteer.

My Story

The Hague is special to me because it is where my thinking and world view evolved. By disciplining myself to work hard, I have been able to achieve my goals. When I moved to The Hague, my environment changed drastically. Contrasting to my very white and elitist high school before, I was surrounded by international students from all corners of the world. My professors were teaching me to think critically, rather than to memorize what was written in my textbooks. English became my primary language. I slowly started reflecting on who I was as a person, and where I came from. Although I worked really hard, my background helped me, and more than I realised. I always compare this with a strong wind at your back when you’re cycling. You don’t know how much you depend on this wind or how much it has helped you until the wind changes and it blows into your face and you have to pedal twice as fast. So what drives me to build a better world? People whose wind is blowing at their backs, yet remain passive and stand by to watch others who don’t have this support. We need a world that values all human beings as equals, and to achieve this we need everyone to contribute. My hope is to work with people from One Young World to create awareness and work together to fight for environmental action, no more inequality based on ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preferences, beliefs, traditions, cultures, and political power structures. We are all one and only one world, so we must work together to make it better.

Three Must Things

1. Mauritshuis: The most beautiful museum in The Netherlands. It has a cosy feeling, yet it showcases beautiful pieces of art, including many Dutch masterpieces, the most noteworthy of which is Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring.
2. Paleistuin: Perhaps a little cold in October, but I love to spend my summer days and evenings here with friends. You can bring a book, have a picnic, or join one of the many activities, such as capoeira.
3. Ditjes & Katjes is an adorable cat cafe and the coffee is great. It is located on Piet Heinstraat- one of my favourite streets in The Hague.

My One Young World

What do human rights mean to you?

Our Ambassador Eva Oskam asked people in the Hague: What do human rights mean to you?#HumanRightsDay #BuildingABetterWorld #OYW2018

Geplaatst door One Young World The Hague op zondag 10 december 2017