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Young Candidate: Maruschka Gijsbertha

“Within each social group, a feeling of solidarity prevails, a compelling need to work together and a joy in doing so that represent a high moral value.”

Maruschka Gijsbertha

Age: 29

Education: Financial Economics and Tax Law

Nationality: Dutch

When I first started becoming active in the Young Socialist in the Netherlands, I stumbled upon this quote by Christian Lous Lange. This quote has stayed in my mind throughout these years because for me, it represents why I became active for the organisation. It is only with strength in numbers that can we achieve the goals we have set for ourselves, translate our values into practical solutions and keep believing that our work is necessary.

My name is Maruschka Gijsbertha. I was born and raised in The Netherlands, but my roots are in the Caribbean. I have studied financial economics and tax law. Since 2010, I am a member of the municipal council for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA). As a municipal councillor I have contributed to a visible and strong youth agenda that has the support of a lot of young people. Also I have fought for more action against discrimination of LGBT’s.

The different crises that we are in right now – of course the financial and economic crisis, but also the sustainability crisis - provide us the chance to changes things. And who else than us, the next generation, can take the future and make it something to look forward to. Especially now we must stand strong for unity, hope and change, instead of what the ones in power are doing by dividing the countries, let fear prevail and take conservative decisions.

The world is not going to change by itself. Those who once change the world, believed they could do so by setting the example. Let us be brave like them and believe that anything is possible.

The 3 most important issues for me to work on during the next 5 years are:

The years of crises have resulted in more inequality & poverty and worst of all a growing gap between countries within the EU. If I would get elected equality would be my priority to work on.

Equality not only for individual people living in the EU but also the sense and feeling of a union by having more equality between the countries in an economical perspective.

The most important issues for me is the fight against poverty amongst children. No child should grow up in poverty and have the feeling of being inferior because of the poverty that they have seen.

My main source of inspiration is:

It sounds a bit cliché but my source of inspiration is my mother. She has made me the person that I am today. Always with positive energy to make a change. It doesn’t matter how small it is, as long as it will help someone. Elected or not I will keep working hard to reintroduce this values into everyday life of European citizens. Our mind-set nowadays is mostly money and success oriented, I believe that together we can change that back to a value-driven lifestyle. 

My best campaigning tip is:

If we want a social Europe, we must take action by campaigning day and night to get people to understand why voting is important and why their vote matters!

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