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Where is the Caribbean in the Dutch Women, Peace & Security National Action Plan?

  • Samira Rafaela
  • Paula Kibbelaar
  • Anne-Floor Dekker
Thursday 25 May 2023
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

Women in International Security Netherlands (WIIS NL) is pleased to invite you to their event on Thursday the 25th of May focusing on the Dutch Caribbean. 

Where is the Caribbean in the Dutch WPS National Action Plan?

The Dutch Caribbean, which includes the diverse islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius, faces a unique set of challenges when it comes to security. Many of the human security issues faced  across the islands have an important gender component; personal security in the barrios; sex trafficking; prostitution; crime and policing; drug trafficking; climate security; disaster response; economic and social security; and access to higher education. 

Despite the Netherlands' commitment to the WPS agenda, which includes the publication of four national action plans, the needs of women in the Dutch Caribbean remain largely invisible in public debate and policy initiatives. Indeed, existing security initiatives for the region are usually gender-blind. 

Together with Samira Rafaela (Member of European Parliament, D66) and Dr. Paula Kibbelaar (Instituto Pedagogico Arubano), we aim to shed some much needed light on the gendered insecurities faced in the Dutch Caribbean. How can local solutions to local problems not only be found, but also supported through e.g. the National Action Plans? The event will be moderated by Anne-Floor Dekker (WO=MEN). 


Samira Rafaela is a Member of the European Parliament for D66. Samira brings a unique background and experience to the European Parliament, where she sits on the committees on international trade and women's rights and gender equality. Samira has worked both nationally and internationally to bridge the gap between different communities and worlds. She did this from various positions such as strategic advisor, international trainer and speaker, and social entrepreneur in Africa. She is the Rapporteur for the Directive Pay Transparency and the upcoming Forced Labour Ban.

Dr. Paula Kibbelaar was the founding dean, associate professor and lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at the University of Aruba (UA) (2009-2013). Currently she works as a lecturer, researcher and policy worker at the the Aruban Teacher Training College (www.ipa.aw) within the context of Kingdom of the Netherlands applying sustainable inclusive development as a perspective. She has implemented this perspective within the IPA’s curricula and as tool for sustainable learning and education for her projects and lectures at the IPA.

Previously, she worked for several Dutch ministries, the Dutch Employers organization De Baak VNO-NCW, and other organizations in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao). Dr Kibbelaar obtained her PhD in social Sciences in 2005 at the University of Utrecht at the Utrecht School for Governance (REBO or USG) and she is an interdisciplinary social science researcher. Her research interests include Latin American and Dutch Caribbean Island studies; women’s and ethnic studies (gender diversity); organization (corporate diversity) and governance research and development studies. She was chair of the foundation Weconnect Aruba. She is currently also member of the Gender Steering Committee for the Development of a Gender Policy in Aruba for the office of the Prime Minister of Aruba.

Anne-Floor Dekker works as programme manager Gender, Peace & Security at WO=MEN, Dutch Gender Platform. From 2014-2018, she was a Dutch city council member of the Democrats 66 (D66). Anne-Floor is a passionate advocate of freedom and equal rights of all people and for the implementation of (women) human rights worldwide. She advocates for gender justice in conflict affected countries and the meaningful participation of women and girls in peace processes. Anne-Floor coordinates the Dutch National Action Plan 1325 on behalf of WO=MEN, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


18:45 - 19:30 hrs.: Roundtable Event with Q&A
19:45 - 20:30 hrs.: Reception/Borrel 


Please register for this event via this form.


Should you have any questions about this event, you can contact Maisy Charles (ro@wiis-nl.com) or Fleur de Braaf (eventsdirector@wiis-nl.com). 

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