[Text] Dina-Perla wanted to start a family of her own after a violent childhood, but endometriosis prevented this

‘I knew; it will get better sometime’. Dina-Perla fled from her violent, strict Orthodox Jewish mother to childhood sweetheart Max. She would later start a family with him to break the cycle of violence and isolation. But due to a severe form of endometriosis, a pregnancy did not occur. Read more in the (Dutch) article via Jan magazine. Support artists

[Text] Infertile due to typical female trouble ~ Dina-Perla

Endometriosis Awareness Month is an annual happening in March. A lot of people have never heard of endometriosis, let alone have any understanding of the impact is has on every single aspect in life. This is a personal story on what it means to live with endometriosis and what the consequences are. Read more in the (Dutch) article via Telegraaf, the Dutch Telegraph. Support artists

[Text] Cheider: best guarded school, yet children turned out not to be safe ~ Dina-Perla

Telegraaf talks about the case of alleged sexual abuse at the Cheider, the lack of safety and the book Exodus from the lighthouse, Exodus uit de vuurtoren. Read more in the (Dutch) article via Telegraaf. There was also a panel in which Dina-Perla talked about the long-term result of an unsafe upbringing. Read more in the (Dutch) article via Telegraaf. Support artists

[Text] More attention for endometriosis: support women and people involved for connection with society ~ Dina-Perla

Gerlise Teseling and Dina-Perla Portnaar lobbied for more attention for endometriosis in order to support women and people involved, for connection with society. A petition was signed by a lot of people and presented to the ministers. There were many roundtable discussions with politicians and stakeholders, including Endometriose in balans. The matter still needs much more attention, support and mostly, sustaining solutions. We are allowed to conclude: endometriosis is a b*tch. Read more in the (Dutch) petition. It was also covered by Europa Nu – Europe Now and De Nederlandse grondwet – The Dutch Constitution. Dina-Perla also wrote a (Dutch) Read More

[Text] What every woman should know: this is endometriosis ~ Dina-Perla

The intense story of Dina-Perla Portnaar and why she is biologically childless. Endo what? When the endometrium – mucous membrane – that is in the uterine cavity, extends outside the uterus, we speak of endometriosis, from first to fourth degree – depending on how severe it is. This causes complications: for example, if endometriosis starts to stick to the intestines, intestinal problems and pain with defecation can arise. Or when endometriosis sticks to the ovaries, fertility problems can occur. Read more in the (Dutch) article via Women’s Health. Support artists

[Text] Fonk magazine names Dina-Perla inspiring person of the year

Dina-Perla was named as one of the most inspiring people of the year by Fonk magazine. Why? Dina-Perla is a go-getter who knows what she wants. Her motto is: if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything. She does not give up until she makes it happen. She is a role model who will bring much more to the world. At the same time, Dina-Perla was also nominated for the Joke Smit Award. She won the VIVA 400 Good Award in 2012 and was nominated for the Engaging Woman Of The Year and the Communications Professional Of Read More

[Text] As a Jewish girl I was programmed to have Jewish children ~ Dina-Perla

Dina-Perla Portnaar grows up in Jewish orthodoxy and a reality in which nothing is what it seems. As a young girl, she fights for freedom and love, flees her parental home and decides never to return. Exodus from the Lighthouse, Exodus uit de vuurtoren covers Dina-Perla’s life lessons from that eventful period. In the Netherlands, such an entourage behind closed doors, including her time at the orthodox school the Cheider, has not yet been described from the inside as it is now. Read more in the (Dutch) article via Nieuw Wij. Nieuw Wij also covered on Exodus via KRO-NCRV and Read More

[Text] My voice is my rescue ~ Dina-Perla

Dina-Perla Portnaar was confronted with violence at an early age. At home, she was abused. At school, she did not get the support she hoped for. She decided to write about it. De Kanttekening spoke with her. Read more in the (Dutch) article via De Kanttekening. Support artists

[Text] To Remember – an ode to my grandmother

In this section, we interview people about the drastic loss of their loved one. It can be a sister or brother, a daughter, father, child, girlfriend and so on. Each loss is specific and cannot be compared with another. During the interview, people tell how they experienced their mourning period, but also how they remember their loved one. “I would like to pay tribute to my grandmother. She was one of the most important people in my life and she still is,” says Dina-Perla Portnaar when we talk to her about her grandmother. Her grandmother Raymonde, the mother of Dina-Perla’s Read More

[Text] Orthodox Jewish Dina-Perla escaped from a life of violence. “Forgiveness took me six years”

In Exodus, the fourth episode of the KRO-NCRV series The Apostate, the youth of the Jewish Dina-Perla Portnaar is examined. She managed to escape from a life of violence and abuse of power within the Orthodox Jewish community in Amsterdam. “At that time, people had to die before the police intervened.” Read more in the (Dutch) article via Nederlands Dagblad. Dina-Perla also wrote an opinion piece on the matter: how a closed-up religious community can still be safe for women. Closed-up religious communities are not always safe for women. This requires a strong position for women, in leadership or close Read More

[Audio] Zwarte Prietpraat ~ Dina-Perla

Prem kicks off the new working week at midnight. Every Monday from 00:00 to 02:00 CET. Here is a selection of the episodes with Dina-Perla. Listen via NPO Radio 1. Episode 1th January 2018, episode 28th May 2018, episode 9th September 2019 and episode 20th January 2020. Support artists

[Text] Freethinker Dina-Perla and the Humanistisch Verbond

Leaving the faith you grew up with and with which you were entwined: these people could not do differently. It was never easy. Read more in the (Dutch) article via the Humanistisch Verbond. It was linked to a television production created by HUMAN. For example, here is what the Groene, TROUW and the Volkskrant had to say about it. Support artists

[Text] Former student of Orthodox Jewish school: matters should not be swept under the rug ~ Dina-Perla

Dina-Perla Portnaar grew up in an Orthodox Jewish environment in Amsterdam. At home, she was physically and psychologically abused by her half-brother and mother. Her school, the Cheider, a school for the orthodox community in Amsterdam, was aware, but did not intervene adequately. WNL spoke extensively with her. Read more in the (Dutch) article via WNL. Support artists

[Audio] What can’t stand the light of day ~ Dina-Perla

In What can’t stand the light of day, radio makers look for beautiful stories. News, but also the dark side of current affairs and society are the focus. They are supervised by NPO Campus. NPO Campus scouts, trains and guides the new radio talents of the Netherlands. NPO Campus offers talent the opportunity to evolve into a distinctive, recognizable voice on one of the radio stations of the public broadcaster. If you want to contribute ideas and provide input, check our Facebook page or Twitter via #nachtlicht. If you have the ambition to become a presenter on NPO Radio 1, Read More

[Text and audio] Dina-Perla Portnaar fled family and Orthodox Jewish community

Dina-Perla Portnaar grew up in a strict orthodox Jewish environment in Amsterdam. At home, she was more or less terrorized by her mentally ill mother and her half-brother. At fifteen, she decided to go to a ‘normal’ secondary school, instead of the Cheider, the only Jewish Orthodox school in the Netherlands. When she was eighteen, she fled home and cut off all contact. Fourteen years after this defining moment, she has written her story in her book called Exodus from the Lighthouse, Exodus uit de vuurtoren. Read more in the (Dutch) article via EenVandaag and listen to the audio via Read More

[Text] Physically and mentally abused in Jewish Orthodox family: It was literally survival ~ Dina-Perla

Child abuse not only occurs in isolated families in anonymous neighborhoods, but also in nice streets and within closed-up communities. Such as in the Jewish Orthodox community in Amsterdam, where Dina-Perla Portnaar had been terrorized by her unstable mother since her early childhood. Nobody intervened. Read more in the (Dutch) article via RTL Nieuws. Support artists

[Video and text] How writer Dina-Perla processed her extreme youth: “I started to push back”

From the window of her home in Amsterdam’s Van Baerlestraat, Dina-Perla Portnaar looks out onto the street where she grew up. “I literally look down on my old life.” The symbolism is evident, because she had to free herself not only from the strict Orthodox Jewish environment from which she came, but also from her psychologically disturbed mother. Read the (Dutch) article via NH Nieuws and watch the video. Support artists

[Text] Risk & Compliance Platform, risk management and living gracefully ~ Dina-Perla

On Sunday 27 May 2018, Dina-Perla Portnaar launched her second book, Living gracefulness, Levende sierlijkheid at the Amsterdam Bookstore. Living Gracefulness is a 30,000-word guide to work on yourself and it connects to both the private and business life. The method is called epistempiriology, which addresses the inner human who can get the best out of life, completely independent of the doings of others. Read the (Dutch) article via the Risk & Compliance Platform. See also the book section. Support artists

[Text] Risk & Compliance Platform and the debut novel ~ Dina-Perla

Many of our senior editors and bloggers are also book writers. Nils de Heer, for example, has published the books Bankspeak and The pain bench, in which he discusses the problems at Rabobank. Marc Pierar has gone on a completely different lane and writes books about the future. He started off with The Nomad of the Road and has already finalized five books with his main character Aziz Dijkstra, the Puzzle Man as he is called by his colleague detectives. Blogger Tony de Bree is known as the author of several management books, including Can it fly? about the trajectory Read More

[Text] Transparency is the hardest thing there is ~ Dina-Perla

Companies should open their doors every two months to customers, local residents, politicians and other interested parties. That’s what entrepreneur and communication specialist Dina-Perla Portnaar believes. According to Dina-Perla, companies can thus ensure greater transparency. Together with others, they can come up with new solutions to possible problems. Read more in the (Dutch) article via Management Impact. Support artists

[Text] Passionate work makes misbehavior impossible ~ Dina-Perla

Managers could initiate a conversation with their employees at the level of their inner self, because that’s when they get inspiration within organizations. According to writer Dina-Perla Portnaar, companies and individuals can use even more life force and they should work together more in the field of personal development. Portnaar wrote a book about it: Living Gracefulness, Levende sierlijkheid. Read more in the (Dutch) article via Management Impact. Support artists

[Audio] Panel on De Publieke Tribune gives hope for the world ~ Dina-Perla

Listen to The Public Tribune via NPO Radio 1 and Omroep HUMAN (Dutch). Three strong women with totally different backgrounds participated in the panel led by Coen Verbraak. Someone told us afterwards that the broadcast gives hope for the world. I think so too. Life is magical, especially when we put humanity first. The rest is secondary. Listen and share your thoughts. Support artists