emancipation

Business meeting
Sep 12 '19 08:29

The D66 wants to introduce a temporary quota for women in top positions at listed companies. According to parliamentarian Vera Bergkamp, the current rules for getting more women in top jobs are insufficient and a quota is needed for equal opportunities on the labor market, NOS reports. 

Six years ago the largest companies in the Netherlands got the goal of having 30 percent women in leadership positions by 1 January 2020. The majority of the companies are not yet close to this goal. 

Merida Miller
Aug 23 '19 15:50

This fall, young girls will have the opportunity to boost their confidence and gain new skills at  Project Fearless, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering girls 9 - 14. 

Founder Mérida Miller believes Amsterdam is the ideal place for such an initiative because of the city’s “diverse and international community.” Miller saw an opportunity to target younger girls when she noticed that many of the empowerment programs in Amsterdam focused on adult women. 

Mayoral chain
Aug 16 '19 10:08

A record number of 101 Dutch municipalities currently have a female mayor. That means that 29 percent of mayors in the Netherlands are women, BNR reports based on figures requested from the Dutch Society of Mayors.

In 2017, the Netherlands counted 81 female mayors. The increase since then, combined with the reduced number of municipalities as a result of municipal redivision, brought the share of female mayors up to 29 percent. The Netherlands currently has 355 municipalities. 

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Jan 23 '19 14:20

This year five large political parties will participate in the Pride Amsterdam canal parade in one boat. In this way the VVD, CDA, D66, SP and PvdA want to show that they stand together to support the LGBTQ community, NU.nl reports.

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Jan 7 '19 07:49

Hundreds of Dutch Protestant pastors, prominent people in the church, as well as the party leader and a senator of Christian party SGP, signed a manifesto against LGBTQ people. The manifesto argues that marriage is meant to only be a covenant between one man and one woman, and that good Christians should always reject homosexuality. It also suggests that your sexual identity is something you can be healed of.

An Amsterdam ballot for the municipal elections, 21 March 2018
Mar 29 '18 10:50

After the municipal elections, the proportion of woman in the city councils of the Netherlands' 70 largest municipalities increased from 28 percent to 34 percent, newspaper Trouw reports based on its own research. 

Some municipalities, like Amsterdam and Heerhugowaard, now have an equal number of male and female councilors. In Heerenveen and Waddinxveen the municipal councils now consist of more women than men. Utrecht, Hilversum and Nieuwegein are very close to having the same number of women as men on the council. 

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Mar 9 '18 12:39

Departing Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis is facing a storm of criticism from politicians after he said that his successor will be a man, otherwise Schiphol's board will have more women than men.

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Apr 6 '17 09:11

Only a quarter of poorly educated women in the Netherlands are economically independent, according to social and cultural planning office SCP. This puts them far behind educated women, of whom 71 percent don't have to rely on anyone to provide basic necessities, RTL Nieuws reports.

On average 54 percent of Dutch women are economically independent, thought he differences between education level are very high. Women with a lower level of education tend to work less, have more children and seem to find emancipation less important, according to SCP.

Mar 8 '17 14:40

There needs to be more women in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch Parliament, according to Kamer leader Khadija Arib. As long as only a quarter of the Kamer consists of women, parliament will not be a true reflection of society, she said to BNR.

And it is not just women. The Kamer could definitely do with a better balance between young and old and different ethnic backgrounds. There is still a world to win when it comes to emancipation, Arib said.

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Apr 13 '15 10:09

Minister Jet Bussemaker, who in addition to Education is also responsible for Emancipation, wants to go forward with the new database for top women that are suitable for high-level business positions.

Mar 4 '14 15:34

During the lottery for 'Gay pride' contenders, Sunday evening, it was determined that this year's Gay Pride parade in Amsterdam on August 2nd will feature a Jewish, an American, and a Moroccan boat for the first time. 120 boats entered the lottery.

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