Equal rights for all

In a democracy, everyone has the right to equal treatment. Yet many countries accept discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) people, women, ethnic and religious minorities and people with disabilities, and even have laws that explicitly allow it.

Fighting discrimination

The Netherlands opposes discrimination against women and LGBTI people. Our efforts include the following:

  • supporting organisers of Gay Pride events, for example in the 76 countries where homosexuality is a criminal offence, like Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe;
  • pressing for follow-up to the first Human Rights Council resolution that recognised LGBTI rights. We also support events promoting respect for these rights;
  • pressing for follow-up to UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which stresses women’s major role in conflict prevention and resolution. In late 2014 we are organising an international conference on this resolution where participants can share their experience and expertise;
  • campaigning vigorously at international level to reduce violence against women and girls. In alternating years we introduce a resolution on this issue in the UN General Assembly. Within the European Union we are making an active contribution to elaborating the EU Guidelines on Violence against Women and Girls.