Women Still Unequal to Men

5th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

5 February 2007, AMSTERDAM — Efforts to make policy regarding women’s emancipation an integral component of the government policy in general are failing, Christian Democrat (CDA) senator Tineke Lodders-Elfferich of the Netherlands Emancipation Review Committee informed in her report, De Volkskrant writes.


5 February 2007

AMSTERDAM — Efforts to make policy regarding women’s emancipation an integral component of the government policy in general are failing, Christian Democrat (CDA) senator Tineke Lodders-Elfferich of the Netherlands Emancipation Review Committee informed in her report, De Volkskrant writes.

After studying the work of different ministries, Lodders concluded that women’s emancipation issues received no systematic and structural focus. “Most officials consider it to be something from the past and don’t think there are serious problems left to solve in the field,” Lodders said.

Emancipation committees have been scrapped in almost all ministries, which means that the ministries employ no more experts in this area.

Meanwhile, there are no reasons to be satisfied with the results, Lodders said. “Women earn less than men, very seldom achieve top positions and still suffer from sexual abuse”, she concluded.

Lodders does not think a separate Emancipation Minister position should be reintroduced. She believes including emancipation issues in the regular policies will help.

At the moment, emancipation policies are monitored by the Minister of Social Affairs Aart Jan de Geus. He hopes to be the last minister to have to take care of women’s affairs. “It’s way too early to stop yet”, Lodders said.

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