What we do | Program | Programmes


WO=MEN conducts diverse programmes, some in its capacity as coordinator or main player, others as a subcontractor or strategic partner. These programmes will enable us to achieve WO=MEN's different objectives. WO=MEN is currently involved in the following programmes:

National Action Plan 1325
Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WO=MEN coordinates the National Action Plan 1325. The Dutch National Action Plan (NAP) 1325 is a partnership between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Education, Culture and Science and Justice and Security, the police and 60 Dutch civil society organisations. NAP 1325 contains agreements on how the Netherlands implements UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the successive resolutions and other international obligations and commitments on 'Women, Peace and Security'. For example, consider CEDAW General Recommendation 30 and the UN Arms Trade Treaty.


In NAP 1325, Dutch actors have agreed that they want to support women, men and young people in conflict and post-conflict areas in their fight for inclusive peace and security. The Netherlands does this with missions and local women's organisations, human rights defenders and peace activists in (post) conflict countries. But also in the Netherlands. NAP 1325-IV for the period 2021 to 2025 is the fourth Dutch Action Plan. Previously, National Action Plans were in force for the period 2008-2011, for the period 2012-2015 and for the period 2016-2019/2020.

 WO=MEN coordinates and supports the more than 60 social signatories and implementers of this plan.



Alliantie Samen werkt het!

The Alliance's strategic objective is that all men and women share paid work and unpaid care tasks more equitably by 2022. We focus on financially vulnerable women. By ensuring they are better informed, they become more aware of their choices, and how to make better decisions. WO=MEN forms the link between the national and international agenda. We make sure that social and political developments at, for example, EU and UN level, can contribute to improving gender equality on the Dutch labour market. 

Samen werkt het!, is an alliance comprising WOMEN Inc., Bureau Clara Wichmann, Nederlandse Vrouwen Raad, WO=MEN, Movisie and the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The collaboration will run from 2018 - 2022. 



Commission on the Status of Women & CEDAW shadow reporting

On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and in cooperation with Atria and the Dutch CEDAW Network, WO=MEN is responsible for coordinating civil society initiatives with regard to international gender equality agreements.

Every year, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is held in New York. It is where international agreements are made between the 193 UN countries, related to gender equality - including themes of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and LGBTI. WO=MEN coordinates Dutch input from civil society and processes it for the Dutch government delegation. In addition, we provide the government delegation with knowledge and information prior to, during and after the negotiations in New York. We do this in collaboration with Atria 

Furthermore, we ensure that the Netherlands is able to fulfil its obligation in terms of efforts and monitoring in relation to the CEDAW Convention (Convention of the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women). The Dutch CEDAW Network produces the shadow report, and we jointly monitor developments with a critical eye.  





Count Me In!

Count Me In! is a feminist consortium of Mama Cash (secretary), Urgent Action Fund, CREA, AWID, Just Associates (JASS) and WO=MEN. The consortium focuses on three themes: 

  1. Combating Gender Based Violence, 
  2. Improving Economic Justice for marginalised women and 
  3. Sustainable Financial Support for women's rights activists and female human rights defenders. 

As a strategic partner WO=MEN advises and supports the consortium with, for example, sustainable funding for women's rights organisations and binding human rights obligations for companies, nationally as well as internationally. WO=MEN actively seeks opportunities to shape and influence policy arising from these strategic partnerships. We do this on the themes of human rights and companies and investment policy mainly for instance in the raw materials sector. CMI! will run from 2021 – 2025.


Gelijk = Anders (Equal = Different)

The first version of the Equal = Different [Gelijk = Anders] campaign was launched in 2015, 20 years after the last World Conference on Women in Beijing. In 2020 we had to conclude that there was still a considerable amount of work to be done. Therefore, on 1 November 2020 the second version of the Equal = Different campaign started. This campaign is a collaboration between WO=MEN, ActionAid, WOMEN Inc., Rutgers, Cordaid, COC, Simavi and WECF. The campaign focuses on the themes of sustainability, representation, money & work, stereotyping and an inclusive society.

Read more on https://www.gelijkisanders.nl/english


Opportune alliances

WO=MEN is a part of the global gender equality and women's rights movement. Together with fellow activists, organisations and networks, we form opportune alliances, such as the Dutch Women's March. This allows us to respond in a flexible manner to current developments, while our long and medium-term goals remain our top priority. 

We are a member of and collaborate with platforms and networks such as Breed Mensenrechten Overleg, Emancipator, MenEngage, the Dutch Council of Women, Partos, and WIDE+. We are also a part of coalitions such as the Common Effort Community in which (I)NGOs, ministries and military personnel work on an improved integral approach to conflict resolution. We are also part of the independent NATO Civil Society Advisory Panel on Women, Peace & Security. In addition to the SDG Charter, SDG 5 and gender mainstreaming WO=MEN also monitors the other 16 goals. 



read more

The Database contains information about gender equality, respect for women's rights and all the themes WO=MEN strives for worldwide.