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Work and diversity & inclusion

NWO wants to be an organisation where everyone feels welcome, can be themselves and can bring out the best in themselves and in teams. We therefore strive for a diverse organisation with an inclusive culture where everybody is needed, irrespective of cultural, ethnic or religious background, gender, sexual orientation, health and age.
We can only achieve that if we shift the goal posts and change patterns, structures and processes. We will do this by focusing our attention on our granting policy and employer's policy. Please visit the NWO website for more information about diversity & inclusion.

International Women's Day at NWO-I

On March 8 2024, we marked International Women's Day at NWO-I. A day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide and draws attention to gender equality and women's rights. It is a day to recognize and celebrate women's contributions to society, as well as raise awareness about the challenges women continue to face worldwide. And to strive for equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender - in science too! Read more

Purple Friday at NWO-I

Last year, Purple Friday fell on Friday 8 December 2023. It is a day to express solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community by wearing purple-coloured clothing. Traditionally, the day is celebrated at schools but in recent years, higher education, research institutes and companies have also embraced this celebration of solidarity with the LGBTIQA+ community. Several NWO Institutes also celebrated Purple Friday. At CWI, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team presented themselves in purple on LinkedIn and on their Instagram account @cwi_amsterdam. DIFFER produced their internal newsletter in purple on that day to mark the occasion. NWO-I will continue to pay attention to this and other symbolic days in 2024. 


Rainbow flags flying at NWO/NWO-I during Coming Out Day

Column David van Walderveen: In the knowledge that we define what is normal
Wednesday 11 October 2023 was Coming Out Day, a day for devoting attention to the moment that lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual persons (LGBTIQA+) openly express their sexual orientation or gender identity: the coming out. NWO/NWO-I celebrated Coming Out Day this year by flying the rainbow flag at all NWO Institutes and the offices in Utrecht and The Hague. This year, NWO-I colleague David van Walderveen (policy officer DIFFER) wrote a personal column about Coming Out Day.

NWO looks back on successful Pride Event 2023

On Monday 8 May 2023, a successful Pride event for entire NWO organisation, including the NWO Institutes, was held at SRON in Leiden. The LGBTI+* event had a very good turn-up with over 40 participants, welcomed by SRON's institute's manager Annemieke Beers and CWI's HR manager and organizer Léon Ouwerkerk. Read more

Judith Kreukels is the Diversity & Inclusion project leader

Judith Kreukels started working as a part-time project leader for Diversity & Inclusion on 1 February 2023. Her appointment was the first step in the D&I Implementation Plan. Inside went to meet Kreukels, who explained why D&I is important to NWO-I: "There is less turnover of staff in teams which reflect diversity. They are comparatively more successful, and employees are more content than in homogenous teams". Read more

Roll out Implementation Plan 2022 - 2027 'Inclusive and diverse personnel policy at NWO-I'

In October 2022, NWO-I set down an Implementation Plan for an inclusive and diverse personnel policy at NWO-I. The plan targets NWO-I in its entirety and will be rolled out within the organisation in the coming years. Read more

Gender Equality Plan NWO-I

On this webpage you can download the Gender Equality Plan NWO-I.

NWO celebrates ...

Somewhere around the middle of 2021 the section 'NWO celebrates …' started, based on a calendar that was put together within NWO and NWO-I. The calendar can be downloaded at the bottom of this webpage (PDF). This new section 'NWO celebrates …' is published on both intranet Joost and the NWO-I website and is initiated by the Diversity team NWO/NWO-I. Read all the articles

Declaration of Amsterdam: towards an inclusive workplace

On 18 November 2021 NWO signed the Declaration of Amsterdam, committing the organisation to creating a corporate culture that is inclusive and fosters the integration of LGBTI+ employees. By signing the Declaration, NWO undertakes to adopt measures that foster a working environment in which everyone feels welcome, can be their authentic selves and can realise their full potential, individually and in teams. The Declaration of Amsterdam is an initiative of Workplace Pride, an international not-for-profit foundation based in Amsterdam, which has been campaigning for ten years to promote inclusive corporate cultures by raising awareness, monitoring progress, conducting research, providing training and building networks. Read the full article

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