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The Netherlands: meeting with UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

[Amsterdam, January 2016] In a packed room in The Hague, EWL Dutch members from the Nederlandse Vrouwenraad took part in a meeting organised by the campaign "Gelijk = Anders", in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and led by presenter and columnist Zarayda Groenhart. UN Women Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was also present at the event.

The main topic was Global Goal 5 ’Equal rights for men and women and the empowerment of women and girls’. Discussions elaborated on economic independence and autonomy of women and girls in the Netherlands and worldwide.
Participants concentrated on the following statements:
* ‘To achieve gender equality you have to have role models’
* ‘There is no single country has reached gender equality’

A lot of attention was paid to the situation of women refugees and during the very fruitful and inspiring meeting a poem by Warsan Shire was recited.


no one leaves home unless

home is the mouth of a shark

you only run for the border

when you see the whole city running as well

your neighbours running faster than you

breath bloody in their throats…

Find all info here (in Dutch)

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