In early 2022, the Dutch government appointed its first ever High Commissioner for combating inappropriate behaviour and sexual violence, a new role tasked with coming up with a plan to tackle sexually inappropriate behaviour and sexual violence.
But according to the Dutch government’s own website, it is aware that sexual harassment and sexual violence will not disappear overnight and that government cannot solve the problem alone.
The Dutch National Action Programme (NAP) was launched in early 2023 and aims to tackle sexual harassment and sexual violence. The NAP’s development was informed by Fairspace and more than 100 other organisations and experts.
As the programme is implemented throughout the Netherlands, we will continue to work together with government institutions towards a society where sexual harassment, street harassment and other forms of unwanted behaviour are no longer tolerated, and where everyone can live with dignity and respect.