Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science is calling on toy manufacturers to "examine" the gender role-confirming toys in their collection. She is also talking with publishers about stereotyping in text books, AD reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte lashed out at PVV parliamentarian Raymond de Roon over a sexist remark he made during a parliamentary debate on top European appointments on Thursday. While discussing the appointment of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as president of the European Commission, De Roon spoke of "a ladies' circle" and Rutte could not contain his irritation, AD reports.
Residents of the Electrabuurt in Hilversum woke on Monday morning to find racist and sexist slurs spray-painted onto a neighbor's home. Someone had painted the Dutch slurs for sex workers and black people on the home's front door. Rudsel Maduro, who lives across the street from the affected home and is the only black person living in the neighborhood, thinks the slurs may have been directed at him, he said to Marvin Hokstam of Afro Magazine.
Utrecht student association Unitas S.R. suspended one of its members after he sent an email full of "unnecessarily offensive, racist and sexist comments" within the association, the Volkskrant reports.
Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn pulled a boys' football party game off its shelves after accusations that the party game is sexist and stereotypical, AD reports.
The game pack contains whistles, inflatable footballs and a set of questions with multiple answers. The most obvious criticism of the game is that its packaging states its for boys aged 8 to 13 years old. "Why not for girls?" a football coach asked the newspaper.
The Eindhoven University of Technology suspended its subsidy to the Eindhovens Studenten Corps due to an inappropriate carnival party arranged by the Aleph fraternity. The theme for the party, which Aleph posted on Facebook on Tuesday, was: "De wil van een vrouw doet er #nietoo" - basically what a woman wants doesn't count, with the hashtag being a reference to the #MeToo movement in which women revealed sexual harassment and assault last year.
Politician Sylvana Simons is calling on advertisers to boycott RTL7 football show Voetbal Inside. In a Facebook post the Bij1 party leader calls the show homophobic, sexist and racist, NU.nl reports.
On Thursday the court in Amsterdam gave sentences of up to 80 hours of community service and fines up to 450 euros for incitement, threats, insult and discrimination against politician Sylvana Simons. The judge said that with the sentences the court wants to make clear that crossing the boundaries of freedom of expression has consequences, NU.nl report.
GroenLinks wants all government agencies, such as the Tax Authorities, to stop advertising on website GeenStijl now that the blog is accused of sexism. GroenLinks parliamentarian Corinne Ellemeet calls for "rapid change" and wants to know how Finance State Secretary Eric Wiebes will "ensure that the Tax Authorities no longer financially supports sexism in the media", AD reports.
A number of advertisers are pulling their ads from controversial Dutch sites Dumpert and GeenStijl, following accusations of sexism. Both sites belong to the Telegraaf Media Group, NOS reports.
DENK politician Sylvana Simons thinks that football analyst Johan Derksen should attend a discrimination course so he can realize the effect his comments have. In an open letter she addresses comments Derksen made on Voetbal Inside on Monday comparing her to a monkey.
"Through the grapevine I received the news that last night you again expressed your cultivated racism and sexism at table with your colleagues", Simons wrote, according to the Telegraaf.
Sylvana Simons is pressing charges against "the deluge of racist, sexist and discriminatory comments" directed at her after she joined political party DENK, she said in a statement the party released on Tuesday. By pressing charges, she wants to make clear that something "demonstrably wrong may never go unpunished" and that "fighting injustice begins with reporting it".
A protest against Amsterdam fashion brand SuitSupply's controversial new ad campaign is happening in the capital city on Friday. More than 700 people indicated that they will be participating in the protest on the event's Facebook page.
Fokke de Jong, owner of Amsterdam fashion chain SuitSupply, received death threats over the company's latest ad campaign, he told local broadcaster AT5. The new ad posters show a bare-chested woman with two men sliding down her body.
The mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, has been forced to apologize to a lesbian columnist, Monique Samuel, after he made an insensitive comment about her sexual preference. Samuel, a publicist and political scientist, felt hurt by what the mayor said during a discussion on Liberation Day.