Franny Parren

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Email: frannyparren@hotmail.com



Short bio

Franny Parren holds an MA in International Development Studies, with a specialization in gender and women rights. Since 2004  she worked for different organisations, mainly on the issues of youth and peacebuilding (United Network of Young Peacebuilders and Women Peacemakers Program), rights-based development (EqualinRights) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (Rutgers WPF). At this moment she is programme coordinator at TIE-Netherlands, where she coordinates capacity building programmes with labour unions and workers organisations in different regions in the world. Franny has broadened her expertise on informal education by following  trainings for trainers and contributed to research and writing articles for a network of gender-practitioners, policy makers and academics

Why I am a humble bee?

I am a real team player and I grow through sharing experiences and collaborating with other professionals with different backgrounds but working in the same field. In my work I always to try set up collaborative projects as I believe that bringing together perspectives and skills enriches our work and interventions bringing about social change. The humble bees network provides me with the opportunity to learn and be inspired by the work of other dedicated people, to share challenges, discuss doubts and celebrate successes.

Thematic expertise

  • Conflict transformation
  • Human rights education
  • Gender and social change
  • Youth activism and participation
  • International solidarity


  • Training and facilitation (non-formal education; horizontal grass roots learning, e-learning and train the trainers)
  • Organisational learning and development
  • Project planning and management
  • Applied research