From March 15-26, 2021, Atria (a Dutch knowledge institute “on gender equality and women’s history”) and Wo=Men (a Dutch platform that “fights for equal power relations between women, men and gender non-conforming people”) participated in the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65). The virtual CSW65 was held to promote gender equality and discuss challenges hindering women and girls from equal participation.
Atria and Wo=Men, among other civil society organizations (CSOs) and UN leaders, joined in on daily strategy meetings to share knowledge with progressive women's rights networks from around the world and highlighted their own priorities to the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, Esther van Dijk.
Continued work in gender equality is important, as Atria underlined that the Netherlands had fallen to 38th place in the World Economic Forum's 'Gender Gap Index' in 2019, 11 places lower than the previous year. According to Atria, the Netherlands' position in gender equality policy negotiations is progressive, advocating for protecting sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), improving sex education, and supporting youth and human rights organizations.