Who are we?

At the request of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters (GNWS), the Foundation of Women's Shelters in the Netherlands and its partners organise the 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in 2015. 

  • Ed Worm
  • Aleid van den Brink
  • Femke Halsema
  • Marjo Septer
  • Jan Laurier
Left to right; Ed Worm, Aleid van de Brink, Femke Halsema, Marjo Septer, Jan Laurier

Board of the Foundation of Women's Shelters in the Netherlands

Femke Halsema, Chairwoman
Former politician (member of the Dutch House of Representatives and party leader, 1998-2012), Now: essayist, film maker, director (including Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board for WPG Publishers and Chairwoman of Stichting Vluchteling). The fight against the oppression of women and for improvement in the position of women has been a common thread in Femke's career. Her commitment to the World Conference and stopping violence against women is a natural extension of her activities.

Aleid van den Brink
Executive director of Blijf Groep, one of the largest women shelter organisations in the Netherlands, headquartered in Amsterdam. Under her leadership, Blijf Groep has developed into an innovative, professional organisation. The “Oranjehuis” and “I can” app are examples of this growth. Aleid defends the interests the Foundation of Women's Shelters in the Netherlands on national and international levels and specifically for this World Conference.

Marjo Septer
Director of audit and assurance at PwC. Actively engaged in the health care sector as an accountant. Marjo became involved in the issue of violence against women and women's shelters when she spent many years providing accounting services for a women's shelter organisation. Now she is aiming for a financially sound organisation of the World Conference.

Jan Laurier
Was a politician and alderman in Leiden, as well as member of the Dutch House of Representatives. He is now chairman of the Federation of Shelters, the umbrella organization for women's and social shelter organisations. Jan is also chairman of the Woonbond, which represents the interests of tenants. He is now applying his knowledge of the field combined with his political and administrative experience as well as his network to the organisation of the World Conference.

Ed Worm
Director and advisor in a wide area, such as construction, employers' associations, ambulance services and School for Police Leadership. He has gained experience in the conference world as director of RAI. Ed also helps executives in crisis situations to find a new professional destination. He is surprised at the extent of violence against women and that this is so little known to the general public. He is furthermore eager to apply his broad management experience and large network to make the World Conference a success.