I am Caroline Dusée.
A Dutch cultural anthropologist, researcher, writer, speaker and founder of the foundation Victory for Equality. I grew up in a small village in the country side of the Netherlands. My upbringing and own history have been quite unusual. Due to my own background, where I grew up on small estate, from a wealthy family background, where I decided to choose a different direction. But also by the many losses that I endured in the first part of my life. These components and events, have later resulted in being the core and fundamental basis for my working themes and research topics. Just as well as the source from where I tell the stories of people from other cultures and share my own experience and vision.
For over the last fifteen years of my life, I have lived and worked in different countries and continents for my work as a researcher and for Victory for Equality’s projects. Among them, mainly South America and Africa. Currently I have been living for the last several years in South Africa, splitting my time between South Africa and the Netherlands. And sometimes the many other countries where I conduct (field-) work.
The way I speak, write and share my stories, always is a combination of the cultures where I work and where I have been invited to be part of as a fieldworker. Combined with my personal life and history. More important than my traveling- life and the cultures where I immerse myself in, are the valuable messages and deep insights that I gain and like to share, partly based on my personal experiences as well as my field researches.
As a researcher and fieldworker, I spend a lot of time with local cultures. Besides that I live part of my life in the ‘Western world’. To bridge between both worlds, I hope to bring a message that is more profound than the fashionable stories and carries a more personal and ‘authentic voice’ as well from my own perspective together with the cultures where I work.
Core themes in my work are: Men and Women (gender) , Death and loss, Money and power and Awareness.
Next to that I write and tell a lot about the things that strike me from the countries and cultures, where I live, travel and spend my time. Topics are frequently linked to the above, since they are so universal in our humanity, and still we experience them so differently.
But I also give a lot of attention to topics related to suppression and inequality, cultural rituals, and stories that have remained unknown to the wider media. And I like to pay attention to stories that mirror hope and strength.
- Men- and Women (gender)
My most recent research, I have conducted the last couple of years. After several- years field research about inequality between women and men. What started with a PhD. research in Tanzania and South Africa. Later this research expanded to the Western world and the Netherlands in particular, and I started mainly focussing on the stories of men. A book about this topic will be published later this year. Together with a team I also work on a documentary and multi- media project on this subject. Look for more information on the website.
- Death and loss
My interest in death as a topic, is based on my own life history. I lost my father and brother in two separate car accidents. Later I also lost my loved one and dear friend in another accident, in the time I lived in Tanzania, next to the loss of two other important men in my life.
Because of this, I have been deeply touched by death. But also have become fascinated by how we usually seem to experience death. The negativity and taboo- perspective that is mostly surrounded with it. Nevertheless pain and grief and mourning are undeniable, I have never experienced death myself as negative. But experienced and have been exposed to other ways and perspectives to look at death and to deal with it differently.
Therefore I will be writing a book about death and loss that gives a different vision on it.
Next to that I am working on a children’s book to share another and more light perspective on death than mostly has been given to our children.
- Money and power
Through my own family background and my journey of years in my working life in poor countries, I have been deeply imbued by the many sides money has. The dark and light side of money and the beautiful and good that it can bring. But also the viscous power structures, that frequently hide behind money.
Myself, I have set up the foundation Victory for Equality after my brother Victor diseased. To try to accomplish the positive and transformative force that money can be.
Awareness covers many fields and areas. Among other things, the deeper life- and universal themes that I have described for this.
But how can we take responsibility for ourselves and the world? How can we deal differently with our resources; like time, knowledge and money. To create a fruitful life for ourselves and others where we can build upon?
Our Western world is engrained with velocity, accomplishments, achievements, an outward focus, reason and thinking. Through research and the many years I spent in other cultures, I have met and come across a different way of living. And how we can live from a more silent and intuitive source.
In conclusion: In 2006 I have set up the foundation Victory for Equality. Named after my diseased brother Victor, who died in a car accident. In the meantime, the foundation has grown into a valuable foundation, whereby we support and implement projects that focuses on suppressed population groups. Present- day we support projects for women and men, whereby we bring women and men together to create more equality amongst them. Look for more information on the website.