Update 08/12: The meeting can also be followed online! Registration is still available.

The Amsterdam municipality sees the city’s diversity as its strength and wants to encourage all Amsterdammers to participate. The commitment to diversity and inclusion has now become commonplace in many organisations. Every or- ganisation shapes diversity policy in its own way, encounters often similar problems, and seeks solutions through a variety of avenues. To move forward, it is important to learn from each other how to deal with challenges. Partly for this reason, the municipality is commissioning the platform ‘Amsterdam – Divers & Inclusive‘ .In addition, the municipality wants to support an exchange of knowledge and experience within the (semi-)public sector. Specific obstacles need attention, namely the lack of knowledge about the level of diversity in the workforce and which interventions work well for which groups in which contexts. Moreover, it is important to include target groups and their interest groups in inclusion. With these goals in mind, the Amsterdam municipality supports the organisation of a Diversity & Labour Market Day, especially for the (semi-)public sector.


Date: Wednesday 15 December 2021 Time: 13:30 to 18:00 Place: OBA Theatre (6th floor) – Oosterdokskade 143 – 1011 DL Amsterdam Online also possible via live-stream. Sign up: Send (both for physical registration and online registration) an e-mail with your name and organisation to: peter.zwaga@gmail.com

A QR code in the CoronaCheck app (in combination with an ID) is mandatory for access.


1.30pm – 2.00pm
Walk-in and registration;

2.00pm – 2.05pm
Opening by moderator Mohamed Mahdi;

2.10pm – 2.25pm
Introduction by Rutger Groot Wassink Alderman for Diversity of the City of Amsterdam;

2.20pm – 2.45pm
Presentation of results from the Cultural Barometer by Maurice Crulprofessor of Identity, Diversity and Inclusion at the VU together with an employee of the HvA who will present the HvA’s inclusion and diversity approach;

2.45pm – 3.05pm
Results from the exploration of good examples of diversity policy in Amsterdam by Esin Aközbekof BMC together with an employee of an organisation from the (semi-)public sector;

3.05pm – 3.25pm
Presentation of proceeds from a survey among stakeholder organisations on their experiences with diversity and inclusion policies in Amsterdam’s public and semi-public sector;

3.25pm – 3.45pm
Keynote address by Freddy Weima chairman of the PO Council. Theme: the usefulness and necessity of diversity among the staff of public institutions.

3.45pm – 4.45pm
Panel discussion on the theme of the day.
With Remke Verdegen (Transgendernetwerk Nederland), Milka Yemane (director of Stichting Lemat and adviser on integration and inclusion, asked),Grietje Postma (director HRM – ROC van Amsterdam), Ruard Ganzevoort (Chief Diversity Officer of the VU) and Peter Teesink (municipal secretary of the Municipality of Amsterdam).

4.45pm – 5.00pm
Concluding observations and conclusions by Zeki Arslan, chairman Platform Social Binding; Networking drinks.

After each section, there will be an opportunity to ask questions to the speakers and panellists.

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