Women are approached much less often by recruiters looking for staff than men, even with the tightness on the labor market and staff shortages in multiple sectors. The same holds true for sectors in which many women work, such as healthcare, Financieele Dagblad reports based on a study it commissioned from Intelligence Group.
Eindhoven University of Technology will have to explain why it is considering only female candidates for certain positions to the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. Anti-discrimination agency RADAR is taking this matter to the human rights institute after receiving many complaints about the recruitment policy, a RADAR spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.
A group of 25 Dutch investment funds decided to only push money into companies with women among their executives. They agreed that they will only invest in companies who have at least 35 percent women among their executives, and gave themselves three years to achieve this goal, NOS reports.
The 25 funds together manage an estimated 1.1 billion euros in invested capital - about a quarter of the total assets managed by Dutch venture investors.
Shareholders of Dutch listed companies are increasingly committed to recruiting more female board members. Half of the board members appointed since October 2018, are women, according to a study into this year's shareholders' meetings by Eumedion, NU.nl reports.
Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs wants to improve the gender balance in politics by actively focusing on recruiting and interviewing female candidates for the positions of mayor, Minister and King’s Commissioner. Her goal is to have between 40 percent and 60 percent of political positions filled by women in the future, she said in a letter to parliament.
Dutch football association KNVB is critical of the amount in prize money FIFA made available for the Women's World Cup - a total of around 26.5 million euros. While that is double the amount available four years ago, it is still a pittance compared to the 355 million euros paid to the men after the World Cup in Russia. "Yes, they doubled it, but if you double something that is nothing, it is still nothing", KNVB director Jan Dirk van der Zee said to the Telegraaf.
For the next 18 months, the Eindhoven University of Technology is opening vacancies for academic staff exclusively to women, the executive board informed employees and students. The university hopes that this measure will result in one in five of its professors being women by next year, NU.nl reports.
The measure, which forms part of the Irene Curie Fellowship, will take effect on July 1st. An additional budget of 100 thousand euros will be made available for each new employee for their own research, and they will each receive a mentor.
Nearly half of the politicians who will soon represent the Netherlands in the new European Parliament are women. Of the total 26 Dutch European Parliamentarians, 12 are women. At 46.2 percent it is the highest percentage of female Dutch MEPs since 2009, NOS reports, and an increase from 34.6 percent.
The European Parliament this week passed new legislation to expand paternal leave after the birth of a child and paid parental leave, and though The Netherlands opposed European interference in what it sees as a national issue, the country will definitely comply with the rules when adopted, confirmed Social Affairs Minister Wouter Koolmees. It will expand on the paid leave already offered in The Netherlands if agreed by European Council.
Women in the Netherlands still earn less than their male counterparts, but the wage gap is slowly decreasing, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
According to the stats office, the wage gap can partly be attributed to background characteristics like age, education and experience, but not completely. Statistics Netherlands was hesitant to say whether the rest of the gap is due to gender based discrimination.
The Netherlands is no longer one of the five best performing economies in the world, according to the World Economic Forum's rankings. In this year's ranking, the Netherlands came in sixth place, dropping two spots from last year's fourth, AD reports.
The best performing economy of the 140 economies tested is the United States. Singapore came in second place, followed by Germany and Switzerland. Japan completes the top five.
The disadvantaged position women have on the Dutch labor market costs the Netherlands billions of euros, according to a study done by consultancy firm McKinsey. If the Dutch labor market was as gender-equal as the best performing neighboring countries, the Dutch economy would get a 114 billion euros boost. If the labor market was totally gender-equal, that would generate 221 billion euros, Financieele Dagblad and NOS report.
Feminist action group De Bovengrondse changed dozens of street names across the Netherlands on Tuesday in a protest for more female representation on Dutch streets. Armed with homemade street signs, members of De Bovengrondse changed street names to famous women including Mies Bouwman, Beyonce, Mien van Bree and Suze Groeneweg, NOS reports.
Aegon and trade unions reached a new collective bargaining agreement for the insurers' employees. It includes explicit agreements about equal pay for men and women performing the same function. According to union FNV, this is the first collective bargaining agreement in the Netherlands to address this issue explicitly, NOS reports.
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.
Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis will be succeeded by a man, Nijhuis said to the Volkskrant. The airport wants to employ a male CEO, rather than a woman, because otherwise there will be more women on the board than men.
The Netherlands dropped 16 places on the World Economic Forum's annual gender equality ranking. Last year the Netherlands came in 16th place, this year our country only made it to 32nd, NU.nl reports.
When the list was first published in 2006, the Netherlands came in 12th place when it came to equality between men and women on income and political power. Last year the Netherlands dropped from 13th to 16th place.
Due to the gender pay gap, women in the Netherlands effectively work unpaid for almost two months per year, according to a study on the differences in salaries between men and women in European countries by Expert Market, Britain's leading B2B comparison site. At a gender pay gap of 16.1 percent, the Netherlands is far behind Luxembourg and Italy, where the pay gap between men and women is only 5 percent.
Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation wants to make gender based wage gaps a punishable offense. If a company can not show that it pays men and women doing the same job the same salary, that employer should face criminal charges, the PvdA Minister believes, Het Parool reports.
By the end fo this year, Dutch universities must employ 100 more female professors than they do now, Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Sciende orered. She is making 5 million euros available over the next 5 years to attract suitable female candidates, the Volkskrant reports.
This is on top of previous agreements on appointing 200 female professors by 2020. "In the Netherlands it's simply not going fast enough", Bussemaker said. She explained her policy on the field of scientific talent in a letter sent to parliament on Wednesday.
While the Netherlands is working hard to meet the United Nations targets for a fairer and sustainable world, other European countries are doing relatively better when it comes to clean energy and combatting climate change, according to a report Statistics Netherlands released on Friday.
The Netherlands dropped three places on the Global Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum. The Index measures the equality between men and woman in 144 countries, ANP reports.
The Netharlands is now in 16th place, which is below countries like Rwanda, Burundi and Nicaragua. In compiling the index the researchers looked at differences between men and women in a coutry when it comes to economic participation, access to education, politicial influence and health and life expectancy.
Four female professors, united under Angels in Action, is calling on the University of Leiden to make more rooms for female scientists on its walls. They did so by replacing the 117 portraits of "dead white men" and one woman hanging on the Senate Chamber of the university's Academy Building with 99 portraits of female professors on Tuesday.
Tilburg University wants to attract more female lecturers, the university newspaper Univers reproted on Wednesday. A major part of the university's current employees are men, with only 15 percent of professors and 26 percent of associate professors being female.