The first part of the G100-EU meetings took place in the Netherlands from 6-8 Nov 2021 – starting in Rotterdam, a hub of community and creativity, and concluding in The Hague, the city of Peace & Justice.
Across our meetings, we saw a strong focus of policymakers on sustainable development, innovation and inclusion.
The issues of racism and discrimination were discussed and also how these could be addressed by empathetic leadership across genders and generations. It was heartening to see the commitment toward social justice as a new independent Commission has been set up for the same.
Meetings with women leaders especially gave us the insight that domestic abuse and patriarchal mindsets with stereotypes on gender roles were as much a problem in the West as they were in other parts of the world, even when women are at the top of their careers.
We urged upon all the urgent need for equal involvement of women in addressing all SDGs toward accelerating their delivery and also making the development processes more inclusive and mindful of women, children, elders, underserved, and the marginalised communities. We also emphasises on the need for gathering gender segregated data to inform specific policy interventions – addressing small gaps can make a big difference.
In our meetings at the Dutch Parliament and with Dutch Royalty, ideas were generated on having continuing roundtables on gender equality by including corporate leaders, government authorities and women’s organisations in order to bridge the gap between vision, law, mindsets, policies & practices.
Everyone we met extended their utmost attention to our endeavours and offered support of their esteemed offices as well in taking our agenda forward for a gender equal world in this decade – delivering SDG 5 and thereby all SDGs by 2030 by embracing gender equal participation and leadership across all strata of society with equity, equality and inclusion.