Through its international policy on women’s rights and gender equality, the Netherlands contributes to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and SDG 5 (gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls) in particular. We focus on four sub-goals:
increasing female leadership and women’s participation in (political) decision making;economic control and improved economic conditions for women;preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls; strengthening the role of women in conflict resolution and peace building.
The Netherlands works on achieving these goals through gender diplomacy and gender-specific programmes worldwide. It supports civil society organisations and individual defenders of women’s rights in contributing to the aforementioned goals. They play an important role in drawing attention to and strengthening the position of women. In addition, the Netherlands encourages co-operation with companies that enhance the working conditions of female employees and opportunities for female entrepreneurs.
The Netherlands also works towards strengthening women’s rights and gender equality in international conventions, resolutions and agreements. An example is the biennial UN resolution in which the Netherlands and France are demanding greater international focus on and efforts toward tackling violence against women and sexual harassment.