Over the next five years the Dutch government will invest 20 million euros per year into improving education in developing countries, Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced at the United Nations in New York. "Education is one of the priorities of my policy. It offers women and young people opportunities for better work and a decent income", she said, NOS reports.
The Netherlands committed 29 million euros to She Decides for 2017 and 2018. The Dutch contribution to the now international movement, launched by former Dutch minister Lilianne Ploumen last year, gives over a million women in Ethiopia, Yemen, Mali, Bangladesh, Mozambique and other developing countries access to family planing.
Development Aid Minister Lilianne Ploumen's family planning fund She Decides raised 292 million euros in donations from around 60 countries, she announced on Monday night, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch minister established the fund early this year to counteract Donald Trump and the American government's anti-abortion policies and decision to pull 600 million dollars in annual funding for family planning in third world countries.
The Dutch government is contributing another 15 million euros to the She Decides family planning fund, Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen announced at a music festival in Hamburg on Thursday.
Utrecht professor Olle ten Cate won the prestigious John P. Hubbard Award in the United States. He decided to donate the 10 thousand dollars in prize money to departing Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen's pro-choice fund She Decides, ANP reports.
The Resist Festival held in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam on Thursday raised over 65 thousand euros for Minister Lilianne Ploumen's family planning fund She Decides.
Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation is working to counteract one of the first decisions made by new United States president Donald Trump. On Monday he scrapped funding to organizations that help with family planning and offer safe abortions in developing countries. Ploumen is launching an international fund to make up for the about $600 million gap created by Trump's decision, ANP reports.