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Symposium 'Diversity and inclusion in politics: Women and ethnic minorities'

On Thursday 20 June 2019, the Halkes Women Faculty Network and the department of Sociology organized the symposium ‘Diversity and inclusion in politics: Women and ethnic minorities’.

‘Diversity and inclusion in politics: Women and ethnic minorities’

For a long time, political power has been exercised by white men, but attention to diversity and inclusion in politics is increasing. In 2019, we celebrate 100 years of voting rights for women in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, women are still underrepresented in national politics. Another challenge related to political representation is the change in the ethnic composition of society. How do we integrate ethnic minorities as citizens of our democracy? This symposium therefore focuses on the challenges of diversity and inclusion in politics.

The symposium starts with a keynote speech by Monique Leyenaar, professor in comparative politics at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2019, it has been 100 years ago that women have voting rights in the Netherlands. Monique Leyenaar will discuss the struggle for voting rights and reflects on these past 100 years.

The second speaker is Thomas Saalfeld, professor at the University of Bamberg and an expert in the field of the political representation of ethnic minorities. He is one of the principal investigators of the Pathways project, which examines the political representation of ethnic minorities in seven European countries.

Marcel Lubbers, professor of Sociology at Radboud University and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, will close the symposium with a reflection on the topic.

This symposium preceded the defence of the PhD dissertation ‘The political representation of ethnic minorities and their vote choice’ by Roos van der Zwan. The defence took place in the Aula of the Radboud University Nijmegen on Friday 21st of June at 12.30.


15.00: welcome and opening by Ella Bosch (chair of the Halkes Women Faculty Network)
15.10 – 15.40: Keynote speech by prof. dr. Monique Leyenaar (Radboud University)
15.40 – 16.10: Keynote speech by prof. dr. Thomas Saalfeld (University of Bamberg)
16.10 – 16.30: Reflection and discussion led by prof. dr. Marcel Lubbers (Radboud University/NIDI)
16.30: Drinks