Press Release: International Mission will observe general elections in the Netherlands from a gender perspective

The Hague, 24 February 2017

Following an invitation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations of The Netherlands, Gender Concerns International, has deployed its Gender Election Observation Mission (GEOM) to the Netherlands to observe the general elections scheduled for 15 March 2017.

To mark 100 years of the acknowledgment of women’s voting rights in the Netherlands, the GEOM will observe women’s electoral participation as voters, candidates and women’s presence within election management bodies and election administrative processes.

To assess the pre-election environment and the preparations for the elections, the Mission will meet with various stakeholders including representatives of state institutions, political parties, media, experts, human rights and women’s organisations.

The election Mission is headed by Charlemagne Gomez who has extensive international experience in electoral processes and election observation. The Mission will ensure that the elections are observed in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for Election Observation and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers.

The international Mission will observe the elections in the Netherlands from 5-15 March. On Election Day, the Mission team will be deployed in rural and urban areas across the Netherlands.

The Gender Election Observation Mission (GEOM) in the Netherlands is the pilot initiative to the launch of future Missions in other European countries, says Sabra Bano, director Gender Concerns International.


To read this Press Release in Dutch, please find the attached PDF below.

For further details please contact Sabra Bano, Director Gender Concerns International and Chief Coordinator GEOM Netherlands 2017 : or, + 316 53965784, + 316 (0)70 4445082