WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform is a large hybrid member-based network for gender equality worldwide, based in the Netherlands. WO=MEN believes in a world in which all men and women have equal rights and opportunities and everyone is free to make his or her own choices. With over 170 members (like civil society, human rights and aid organizations, entrepreneurs, academics and gender experts) WO=MEN provides unique and cutting-edge knowledge and experiences on several themes like trade, investment, peace & security and democratic transition. WO=MEN seeks attention to the importance of gender equality to everyone active in the field of international cooperation.
Lobbying the Dutch government on gender equity
In the Women@Work Campaign, WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform is lobbying towards the Dutch government on two issues. One is to make gender equity goals integral part of the policies of the Dutch government towards sustainable supply chains. Furthermore, the Platform is lobbying the Dutch government to take a more active role in stimulating gender inclusive EU trade agreements. During the year they organize several lobbying activities focusing on Dutch Parliament, policymakers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other institutions. Besides, they organize every year several knowledge sessions on these themes within the working group Sustainable Economic Development at WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform.