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Lilianne Ploumen

Lilianne Ploumen
Lilianne Ploumen

Lilianne Ploumen was born in Maastricht and studied Social Science History at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Between 1990 and 2005 she worked for Foster Parents Plan, Mama Cash and Cordaid and was a board member of Stichting Opzij, Stop Aids Now and Stichting Her World Live. In 2007 she became chair of the Dutch Labour Party PvdA and in 2012 Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Last year she became a member of the Dutch House of Representatives thanks to preferential votes.

In January 2017 she founded She Decides to gather political and financial support for the preservation of important facilities for women in the field of family planning. This was in response to the decision by the new American government to reintroduce the Mexico City Policy, a measure banning the use of American federal funding for organizations that discussed or facilitated safe abortions. She Decides currently has the support of over 60 countries, dozens of NGOs and other organizations. Ploumen wants her initiative to contribute to helping millions of women in developing countries to decide themselves whether, when, how many and with whom they want children.

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