Actueel | Agenda


Bi-Annual NAP 1325 Signatory Event

Datum: 24-11-2022
Tijd: 13.30-17.00hrs CET

We cordially invite you all to The Netherlands NAP 1325-IV Signatory Event on 24th of November in The Hague.We are delighted to present the first ever annual public NAP 1325 progress report by the Netherlands during this event. The ministries involved (Defence, Justice and Security, Education, Culture and Science and Foreign Affairs) each reported on the strategic goals and sub-goals of NAP1325-IV within their own field of work.  
During a panel discussion moderated by Willemijn Aerdts, representatives of all ministries - Marijn van Blom (MFA), Chantal Joubert (J&S), Caroline Burger (DEF) and Michael Ninaber van Eijben (ECS) - will reflect on this instructive process with the audience. The aim of this session is to learn from these experiences for future government NAP reporting on progress and challenges and reflect on the role of government (as compared to civil society) in terms of accountability. Download the report here.

In addition, there will be three amazing fringe sessions on highly topical WPS issues: Gender justice through the International Criminal Court – hosted by Valeria Babără, Women’s Initaitiatives for Gender Justice  Women’s Leadership in Non-Violent Activism – hosted by Ilse Wermink PAX Netherlands Pushback on the pushback on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality – hosted by Karin Weber, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Michael Ninaber van Eijben, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science  Read more about the sessions here. 

We will close this event on the venue’s rooftop bar with drinks and bites, and of course there will be lots of networking opportunities!

Please register here

Fringe sessions

Gender Justice through the International Criminal Court
Hosted by Valeria Babără, Legal and Advocacy Officer at Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice

In this fringe session Valeria Babără, Legal and Advocacy Officer at Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, will share her insights on working on gender justice through the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC, as a key institution in international criminal justice and the promotion of accountability, is encouraged to set high standards for mainstreaming gender in all areas of its work. Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice has been monitoring institutional developments at the ICC for more than 15 years. They welcome recent developments such as the appointment of a Focal Point for Gender Equality and Workplace Culture and the launch of an ICC Strategy on Gender Equality and Workplace Culture. Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is working with Court representatives to see how these new initiatives can be implemented, including how to make the ICC budget more gender attuned through gender responsive budgeting. 

Women’s leadership in non-violent activism: From streets to structures – towards systemic change
Hosted by Ilse Wermink, PAX Netherlands

Through critical discussions with women activists from Sudan and Iraq and Netherlands NAP1325 signatories, this fringe session will explore the role women’s leadership plays in non-violent movements and activism and how to sustain this. Particularly in times of renewed repression as in Sudan or violent political instability as in Iraq. The session, hosted by PAX Netherlands, will particularly focus on inclusive movement building and bridging the gaps from (young) women leading protests on the streets to influencing peace and political processes at different levels (community, subnational and national).

The Global Pushback on Gender Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the LHBTQI+ community
Hosted by Karin Weber, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Michael Ninaber van Eijben, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Globally the pushback on gender equality grows. How does that this impact the Women, Peace and Security community, and what steps can the Dutch government (together with civil society) take to pushback on the pushback? 
Bios speakers

Valeria Babără, Legal and Advocacy Officer with the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice
She completed two Bachelor’s programmes in European Studies, and International and European Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and a Master’s in Political Science at Leiden University. She also previously interned with the International Institute of Social Studies and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.    
Michael Ninaber van Eijben, Coördinator Internationaal - Directie Emancipatie, Ministerie van OCW 
Michael has worked at the Emancipation Directorate since 2019, where he is responsible for all international dossiers touching on gender equality and equal rights for LGBTQ+ persons in The Netherlands. Before that he worked at SZW as advisor European affairs successively for Minister Asscher and Minister Koolmees. Michael is engaged to Simone, together they have two daughters and live in Tilburg.    

Marijn van Blom, Coordinator NAP 1325 at Ministery of Foreign Affairs
Marijn  has worked for the Taskforce Women's Rights and Gender Equality at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since January 2020. She is coordinator of the NAP 1325 and since this year also coordinates the Feminist Foreign Policy. Before that, she worked at various directorates, including the Sub Saharan Africa, Security Policy and Consular Affairs directorate. Marijn studied law in Rotterdam and completed the Art Academy at the KABK in The Hague. She lives in The Hague with her husband and three children.      

Willemijn Aerdst, lecturer at Leiden University, Institute of Security and Global Affairs   
Karin Weber, Senior Policy Advisor Taskforce Women’s Rights and Gender Equality at Ministery of Foreign Affairs      

Chantal Joubert, Senior policy advisor - capacity building & rule of law support at Ministry of Justice and Security      

Caroline Burger, Subject Matter Expert Gender/NATO, Ministry of Defence