WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform defends gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all their gender identities (SDG 5) on behalf of the Netherlands. Ultimately, gender equality is a right, not a luxury. WO=MEN coordinates the implementation of this development goal in national and international policy in the Netherlands.
For us SDG 5 is a goal as well as a means to strengthen people, organisations, companies and education and knowledge institutes so that gender equality and women's rights can flourish nationally and internationally. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the successors to the Millennium Development Goals, aim to put an end to poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
In 2019, we were focusing on, for example, the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and the new convention to combat violence and harassment in the workplace.
SDG 5 Alliance participants
WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform is a member's platform comprising 50 organisations and 120 professionals. They include Action Aid, Both ENDS, CARE Nederland, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, Cordaid, Defence for Children, Free Press Unlimited, Hivos, ICCO, IUCN, Light for the World, KIT, Mama Cash, Oxfam Novib, PAX, Rainforest Alliance, Rutgers and WECF. We collectively strive for equal power relations between women and men regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The SDG 5 Alliance also includes organisations with which we collaborate to achieve gender equality. These include WOMEN Inc., Atria, Movisie, Nederlandse Vrouwen Raad, Bureau Clara Wichmann and Emancipator.
Plan of action
Statement WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform
It has been 20 years since the first resolution on "Women, Peace, and Security” was adopted at the United Nations, and there has been much discussion on how ...