Members of the Dutch Parliament, led by Hon Kathleen Ferrier, came together with Dutch-based organisations, the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) and the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos), to revive the political debate among policy makers and parliamentarians about the abandonment of FGM and to unmask its inaccuracies.
Head of Section
Hon. Désirée Bonis
On 28 January 2013, Hon. Désirée Bonis, Member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the Labour party and spokesperson for Foreign Affairs was elected as a Chair of the AWEPA Section in the Dutch Parliament.
As a member of the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) she has been an MP since September 20, 2012. Previously she worked as director of the department Sub-Saharan Africa at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also performed several diplomatic duties; so she was ambassador to Syria from 2006 to 2010 (succeeded by Dolf Hogewoning).