Country / Region profile of: Netherlands

The Netherlands has always committed itself to gender equality. This is reflected by its Emancipation Policy, which is over 25 years old. This policy strives to achieve equality and reform in areas of parental leave, work, income, power and decision-making and human rights. The Netherlands ranks 32 out of 144 countries listed on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) and it has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1991. However, the Netherlands has been criticised by the CEDAW Committee on discrimination against immigrant, refugee and minority women, both in society at large and within their communities. Nonetheless, for years, the Netherlands has made great efforts to strengthen the position of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict countries. The Netherlands ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 18 December 2014. The country has been at the forefront of women's rights movements, exemplified by the noteworthy efforts of Aletta Jacobs who was one of the founding members of WILPF. The Netherlands continues to take an active approach to addressing UNSCR 1325 issues within the relevant organisations, such as the UN, the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In 2017, the Netherlands spent $10.049 bln on its military.

"In the end, 1325 I feel is about more than adding women. It’s about the practice and working towards ending wars. And that is about asking critical questions about patriarchy and the way we are dealing with violent conflict." - Isabelle Geuskens


$ 10,049,000,000
Military expenditure
The Netherlands spends USD$10,049,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Supporting gender equality
This amount could comfortably cover the entire yearly gender equality spend of the Development Assistance Committee of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
NAP 1325
The Netherlands NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments