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Femke Halsema

Femke Halsema
Femke Halsema

(Haarlem, NL, 1966) earned her stripes with her strongly independent and intellectual stance. As a politician she was a staunch advocate of human rights, women's rights, and civil liberties. Since 2011 she has worked as an author, broadcaster, and producer (including the TV series The Political Party). In 2014 she made the documentary series Seks en de zonde (Sex and Sin) with Hassnae Bouazza, about women in the Islamic world. A series on terror with the working title Fout na der oorlog (On the Wrong Side After the War) is in production. In recent years she has been associated with the universities of Tilburg and Utrecht as a guest lecturer. At the request of the government, she led two commissions of inquiry into the state of the semi-public sector, and one into financial irregularities at the University of Amsterdam. She also holds various management positions, including chair of the Supervisory Board of the Weekly Press Group, of the Board of the Dutch Refugee Foundation, and of the 3rd international conference on women's shelters. Since November 2015 she has been president of the Dutch Association of the Disabled. Her autobiography Pluche (Plush), about her years in national politics, will be published in February 2016.


Archive available for: Femke Halsema

  • Winternachten 2016

    Writers' Fest

    With: Aad Meinderts, Adriaan van Dis, Anna Woltz, Annelies Verbeke, Dick van der Harst, Edward van de Vendel, Femke Halsema, Francis Broekhuijsen, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Job Cohen, Joris Wijsmuller, Lamin Kuyateh, Michael Krüger, Rodaan Al Galidi, Typhoon

    A festive event built around the presentation of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary awards of the City of The Hague. In collaboration with the Jan Campert Foundation and the Dutch Foundation for Literature, Dutch literature is celebrated with various performances by writers, poets, and representatives of other disciplines (who honour the winners). The event is intended, in part, to highlight the state of Dutch literature. The afternoon culminates in the presentation of the Constantijn Huygens Prize for a whole body of work, which this year is awarded to Adriaan van Dis, beloved author and a great friend of the festival since day one. In Dutch

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Eyes Wide Open: Noreena Hertz & Femke Halsema

    In an age where established orders are collapsing all around us, traditional gatekeepers are leaving their gates and people have to google their way through many disparate sources, it is getting increasingly difficult to distinguish the sense from the nonsense. Economist Noreena Hertz recently published 'Eyes Wide Open' about these changing times and challenges for the present day civilian to take a 'radically different approach' and to become 'empowered decision-makers, capable of making high-stakes choices ourselves'. But what does it mean for experts like Hertz and Halsema? What is their role as decision-maker in a world where everyone is deciding? And what does this new world look like?