Media release Election Process: Are We Gender Blind? ‘Disparity in Parity - A Prelude to Parliamentary Debate’

The Hague, 31st August 2017

On the 5th September, the Dutch Parliament will hold a public debate focussing on the Dutch Elections. On the eve of this debate, Gender Concerns International has organised a public reflection of women’s electoral and political participation in the Netherlands during the elections and beyond. You can attend this public reflection on 4 September from 14.00 to 16.00 in the Huis van Europa, Korte Vijferberg 5/6 in The Hague.

“Let’s talk: Disparity in Parity” will host a multi-stakeholder expert panel, including parliamentarians, representative of women’s organisations and other relevant institutions, to deliberate on the scope and implementation of the recommendations made by the Gender Election Observation Mission (GEOM) that observed the Netherland’s elections this year. The event will focus on the main question: is there gender blindness in Dutch electoral processes?

In honour of the centenary celebration of women’s right to vote in the Netherlands, Gender Concerns International facilitated the Dutch GEOM to observe and evaluate the elections held on 15 March 2017. GEOM monitored elections in 10 provinces of the country and presented its findings in the GEOM Final Report, which was presented to several stakeholders, including the Dutch Parliament, the Electoral Council and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations this July. This report will provide a basis for the panel discussion.

“Let’s talk: Disparity in Parity” promotes a multi-stakeholder effort to jointly work for the continued progress of policies that bridge the gender gap and especially in the area of electoral and political participation in The Netherlands. The event is supported by the Dutch Women`s Council (NVR).

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